“It was a natural fit into my gallery,” Diana Gaikazova, founder of Heart of the Square gallery located in historic Dedham Square. “When Jim approached me with the idea of becoming the exclusive home to represent his fine antique Dedham Pottery selections, it made perfect sense.”
Kaufman, a private dealer for many years, has worked with numerous collectors to build both new and advanced collections. He has authored many magazine and newspaper articles and lectured widely, bringing his illustrated presentation about Dedham Pottery to many Historical Societies, Museums and Ceramic Study Groups.
Many of America’s prestigious institutions, such as Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. own and display Dedham Pottery.
The Heart of the Square is proud to be the only gallery to carry fine examples of Antique Dedham Pottery individually selected by Kaufman. Each piece has been authenticated and examined for quality and condition; fully guaranteed descriptions accompany each piece. As a Dedham resident, Kaufman is often available on short notice to meet collectors and assist them with their understanding of the pottery and with their selections.
“This has been a dream of mine for awhile – to not only find the perfect gallery to make my selections available to the public,” Kaufman shared, “but to make more people aware of Dedham’s rich history. Bridging three centuries, it is quite fitting that the creations of Dedham’s master potter, Hugh Robertson, are now paired in a gallery with the fabulous works of modern Dedham artist, Diana Gaikazova.”
Dedham Pottery was the great achievement of master potter Hugh Cornwall Robertson. Robertson was a fourth generation ceramicist who emigrated from Scotland in 1853 with his parents and siblings. His early artistic successes were created at his family’s pottery, the Chelsea Keramic Art Works Pottery (1868-1889). After his father died and his brothers departed for other potteries by the mid-1880s, Robertson began working alone. His genius with pottery glazes soon led to both his ox-blood red and volcanic glazed vases garnering international awards. His next great achievement was becoming the first non-Asian potter to perfect an intentional crackle glaze.
The Heart of the Square gallery, located in the historic Dedham Community Theatre block built in 1927, is the working studio and gallery of internationally acclaimed artist Diana Gaikazova. After bringing her creative talent to Boston over a decade ago, Gaikazova quickly became known for her fine dinnerware collections and home accessories which are now in the White House, the Vatican, and in the homes of several Hollywood celebrities. In addition to her existing lines, Gaikazova launched The Museum of Fine Hearts, a collectible line of hand-painted heart pendants encrusted with genuine Swarovski crystals and accented with precious gemstones and pearls.
The Heart of the Square Gallery, 574 High Street, Dedham Square is located in the Community Theatre building.. Phone: 781-329-8070 for Jim or 781-493-3112 for Diana. Store hours: Monday-Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment. The gallery will host an open house party 6 -8:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 22.