Pictured: Peter Callas, vase (0134), 2016. Wood Fired Stoneware. 11.5 x 11 x 11 inches.
Peter Callas: An Enduring Legacy
Artist Talk & Reception • Saturday, February 12, 2021 • 4–6 PM (Pacific)
Join us for an artist talk and reception for Peter Callas: An Enduring Legacy, on view in the Julianne and David Armstrong Gallery at AMOCA. The artist will give a talk starting at 4 PM, and light refreshments will be served during the reception that follows.
Admission to the event and Museum galleries is complimentary with advance registration. For information about at-the-door prices, check AMOCA.org/visit.
This exhibition is funded, in part, by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture.
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About the Artist
Early in his career, Callas travelled to Japan, where he was introduced to the aesthetic philosophies and wood-fired glazing techniques that motivated his future work. Inspired to construct his own anagama kiln in 1975—the first used in North America—Callas later set up a studio in New Jersey, where he continued to experiment with tunnel kilns. In his own words, kilns became Callas’s “engines for creative innovation” and allowed him to embrace rustic effects like scorch marks or asymmetrical firing. His innovations in wood-fired ceramics inspired countless others, including acclaimed ceramic artist Peter Voulkos, who became a longtime collaborator.
The recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Windgate Foundation, Callas has exhibited extensively, including at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art (Japan), the Powerhouse Museum (Australia), and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. His works are held in many museum collections nationally as well as in Asia, Europe, Australia, and South America. This comprehensive retrospective is Callas’s first solo exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
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