b. 20th Century
Richard Jacob Hieb was a student of Tony Prieto at Mills College in Oakland. During the mid-1950s, Hieb studied abroad in Japan. He was the apprentice of and studied for three years with master potter and important mingei folk art movement figure, Shoji Hamada. Hieb had a one man show in Kagashima, Japan. Bernard Leach, the "father of British studio pottery," included a section on Richard Hieb in his seminal book, A Potter in Japan 1952-1954. He worked in salt-glazed stoneware and lustre-painted porcelanous clay. Besides pottery, Hieb also created prize-winning paintings and weavings.