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Untitled Stack

Decorative Arts and Design
Untitled Stack

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Peter Voulkos (American, 1924-2002), designer and maker

Date

1980–1981

Medium

Wood-fired stoneware with porcelain slip and cobalt glaze

Accession #

2014.681

Dimensions

40 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

This large stacked clay piece by 20th century master ceramicist Peter Voulkos demonstrates the spontaneous and expressive nature of his acclaimed works of art. Known for the aggressive size and decoration in his ceramics akin to the Abstract Expressionist art movement he encountered in the 1950s, this work also reflects the unpredictable glaze effects from the Japanese wood-burning kiln firing process Voulkos adopted in 1979. One of the most influential ceramic artists of the 20th century, Voulkos helped to change perspectives of clay from more utilitarian limitations to dynamic and bold works of art.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Landy

Image Copyright

Photo by Michael McKelvey