The New York Times: Peter Voulkos, an Influential Sculptor Who Broke the Rules

The New York Times

Calling Peter Voulkos a ceramist is a bit like calling Jimi Hendrix a guitarist. The charismatic, rebellious sculptor and teacher was a genuine rock star of his medium, a trained potter who went on to violate every rule of pot-making — often before a live audience. His sculptures started out clearly enough as polite, wheel-thrown vessels but evolved into nervy and transgressive abstract paintings, looming behemoths fired in industrial-size kilns, precarious assemblages and live-wire performances (no ritual immolation but lots of smashing and dropping of plates and vases).

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