Blazing Transcendence: The Unconventional Sculpture of Paul Soldner
Recently the ceramic community lost an outstanding, nationally celebrated, clay artist. Paul Soldner (1921-2011), recognized for his outstanding ceramic work, stimulating workshops, and dedicated teaching. He inspired creativity in countless followers. During his career, Soldner moved through a number of transitional phases: his early thrown, impossibly tall, cylindrical “floor pots” that made up his masters show at Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design); his personal interpretation of raku that came to be known as “American Raku;” and his experimentation with low-temperature salt and wood firings to achieve spontaneous surfaces.
Many of his sculptures, often the theatrical output of his numerous workshops and demonstrations, were made by joining together a concretion of slabs and distorted vessels into a single statement. The surfaces were often impressed with multiple textures and images. There are tea bowls, rustic containers that exude the simple wabi-sabi aesthetic—a lack of self-consciousness. There are a number of off-center, tilting vase forms that also exemplify the end result of unanticipated happenstance. Though Soldner was not without in-depth technical knowledge, his works emphasize the serendipitous: the flash of an iridescent color, the texture of added grog, or the rivulet of melted ash. The beauty of Soldner’s ceramic art is brought out by the capricious flare of the flame as it comes in contact with the surface of each pot.Specs:
The exhibition includes condition reports, labels, digital images, and wall text. There are 75 large pedestal sculptures, 30 tea bowls, 20 bottles, 4 floor vases, 4 wall pieces, 2 teapots and more to select from. The exhibition can be tailored to your needs.
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The Borrower shall assume responsibility for loss or damage to objects for the period of the loan.