Vase with Nudes


Artist
Paul Soldner (American, 1921 – 2011)
Date
circa 1970
Medium
Raku fired earthenware
Dimensions
Approximate : 18 in. high (45.72 cm)
Credit Line
see object file
Object Number
2015.10

Label
Paul 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.

Object Type
Ceramic
Sculpture