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Peter Voulkos

PETER VOULKOS (USA, 1924–2002)

Peter Voulkos was a West Coast sculptor known for incorporating an array of modernist influences into his ceramics practice. Widely acknowledged as the progenitor of a profound transformation in American ceramics known variously as American Clay Revolution or the California Clay Movement, Voulkos is considered the seminal figure in the development of contemporary ceramic art in America. As both a working artist and educator, he was instrumental in unleashing a transformative wave of creativity in clay. As the originating force behind a novel, uniquely American movement in ceramics, Voulkos’ legacy and present-day influence on the medium cannot be overstated. Voulkos studied painting and printmaking under the GI Bill at Montana State College after serving as an airplane gunner in the US Army in World War II. He soon discovered a passion for sculpture, graduating with an MFA in 1952. An influential educator with a lengthy career at various institutions, he established the ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now the Otis College of Art and Design), where he taught from 1954–59, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1959 until his retirement in 1985. He also taught at Black Mountain College and the Archie Bray Foundation. Voulkos toured universities throughout the United States conducting live ceramic workshops to audiences until his death. Notable students of his include Paul Soldner, John Mason, Ken Price, Billy Al Bengston, Ron Nagle, Stephen de Staebler, and James Melchert. Voulkos was the recipient of many awards throughout his career, including the Gold Medal at the International Exposition of Ceramics (1995, Cannes, France); The Rodin Museum Prize at the First Paris Biennale (1955, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France); a Guggenheim Fellowship (1984); a Gold Medal from the American Crafts Council (1986); The Louise Nevelson Award in Art (1992, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York); a Ceramic Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award (1997, Friends of Contemporary Ceramics); a Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement (1997, College Art Association); and honorary doctorates from four American art schools. Artworks by Voulkos have been exhibited at major institutions around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); The Museum of Art and Design (New York, NY); The Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC); The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); The San Francisco Museum of Art (San Francisco, CA); The Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA); The American Craft Museum (New York, NY) and The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan). He has artworks in in the permanent collections of many major international institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)- The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); The Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC); The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); The Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA); The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA); The American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA); The Oakland Museum (Oakland, CA); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA); The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA); The Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI); The Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA); The St. Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, MO); The Victoria and Albert Museum (London, United Kingdom); The Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands); The National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto, Japan) and The National Gallery of Art (Melbourne, Australia).

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Peter Voulkos American Studio Potter, Large Charger, circa 1950-1955
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Studio pottery charger by Peter Voulkos, circa 1950-1955. Two incised expressionist female figures with stylized bird and sun. Size: 18" W x 16 1/4" W x 1" H. In excellent conditio...
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Mid-20th Century American Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos Signed Large Heavy Modern Glazed Stoneware Plate Charger, 1961
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic, freeform, heavy plate/ charger by American master potter Peter Voulkos who is known for his abstract expressionist ceramic pottery pieces and sculptures. Very unique and...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Voulkos

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Stoneware

Peter Voulkos American Studio Pottery Faces Tea Bowl
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning vintage American Studio Pottery tea bowl decorated with Expressionist faces by Peter Voulkos. The stoneware tea bowl stands on a narrow rounded unglazed foot with a rounde...
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20th Century Modern Peter Voulkos

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Pottery, Stoneware

Peter Voulkos Ceramic Charger with Two Female Nudes Dancing Beneath the Moon
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Dallas, TX
An early glazed stoneware platter from the breakthrough years of world-renowned sculptor Peter Voulkos. Originally purchased in the mid-1950s and acquired from the original owner. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Peter Voulkos

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Stoneware

Peter Voulkos Drypoint Etching
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1924-2002 A rare and late piece of art on paper by one of the great abstract ceramic artist of California. A nice print image of a stacked sculpture idea in textured sgraffito. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Peter Voulkos

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Paper

Richard Hirsch and Peter Voulkos Ceramic Altar Bowl with Weapon, 2001
By Peter Voulkos, Richard Hirsch 1
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary American ceramic artist Richard Hirsch and American ceramic artist Peter Voulkos "Altar Bowl with Weapon" is raku-fired, hand built and hand sculptured. It was fired in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos Studio Vase
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Phoenix, AZ
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1950s American Modern Vintage Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos Oakland Museum Aluminum Relief
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A mixed-media plaque to commemorate the grand opening of the Oakland Museum of California, 1969. Made of cast aluminum with plastic frame.                   
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos Bronze Ice Bucket, 1986
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Dallas, TX
Peter Voulkos Untitled ice bucket, 1986 Bronze, # 1 of 5.
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1980s Vintage Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos Charger, 1978
By Peter Voulkos
Located in North Miami, FL
Wood fired stoneware charger by Peter Voulkos (American, 1924-2002). Signed and dated: [VOULKOS 78].
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Peter Voulkos

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Ceramic Bowl by Pier Voulkos
By Peter Voulkos
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Ceramic bowl by Pier Voulkos dated 1981. Pier is the daughter of world renowned Peter Voulkos. Bowl measures 5.25" high and 7" diameter.
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1980s American Vintage Peter Voulkos

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