One of the most ancient crafts, the production of pottery, for both utilitarian use as well as artist expression, dates back thousands of years before Christ. While the pottery collection of Burbank residents Tim and Angie Meikle doesn’t include pieces from that far back, it does consist of items created during the late 1880s and throughout the 20th century. The couple, who have been collecting for more than 43 years, are currently sharing their impressive amassment at the Burbank Creative Arts Center in the gallery’s current show: “A Collection of Pottery 1880-1970.”
The opening of the show was celebrated with a reception that, along with the Meikles, included a full house of their friends, fellow collectors, artists and lovers of antique pottery this past Friday evening.
“While many of these pieces were purchased at antique shops and shows, there are also quite a few items in this collection that came directly from the artists who created them,” said Tim Meikle, who also creates elaborate beaded necklaces and was a negative cutter who worked on films and television shows such as “Titanic,” “Star Wars,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Miami Vice” for Fox, Universal and Paramount Studios. “It’s a collection gone wild that I have been working on for half a lifetime,” he added with a laugh.