Paul Soldner's Vessel 86-34

Low fire clay, slips, thrown and altered. Female nude in bas relief on each side.  1986.  Wood base is 1 1/2" height X 16" X 11 1/4".

 "Paul Edmund Soldner was an American ceramic artist and educator, noted for his experimentation with the 16th-century Japanese technique called raku, introducing new methods of firing and post firing, which became known as American Raku. He was the founder of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 1966."  Wikipedia

Nothing to Hide is a book by Soldner sharing his creative thought processes.  A completely satisfying DVD titled Playing with Fire (2008) chronicles the artist physical approach to constructing his clay expressions.  Countless peer clay artists are interviewed in this film, so you grasp Soldner's significance in helping to reshape clay sculpture on the world stage.
Soldner enjoyed multiple retrospectives in the USA.  Between 1991 and 1994 there were 12 different museum venues for a single Soldner retrospective accompanied by a substantial catalogue.  Soldner's clay vessel was featured on the cover of a hard bound book by Garth Clark titled American Potters The Work of Twenty Modern Masters.


Artwork details


Paul Soldner (1921-2011)


H 26.25IN x W 38.5IN x D 9.75IN

H 66.675CM x W 97.79CM x D 24.765CM


Purchased in 1991, by a major lover/ collector of clay art, later moving to Arizona from Michigan.


Excellent, except 1/3" chip at viewer's leftmost extension.

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