Vase with Nudes
Paul Soldner (American, 1921 – 2011)
MediumRaku fired earthenware
DimensionsApproximate : 18 in. high (45.72 cm)
Credit Linesee object file
LabelPaul Soldner was a revolutionary figure in American ceramics. Together with his mentor Peter Voulkos, Soldner approached ceramics more like sculpture or painting, creating dynamic forms that reflected his own artistic personality. He is especially notable for introducing the Japanese raku firing technique to America and for daapting raku to serve his own aesthetic goals. This large raku vase is a classic example of Soldner’s work. The irregular, hand-built body is decorated with wax-resist images of nude torsos that further emphasize the vessel’s anthropomorphic qualities.