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Creator Name: Voulkos, Peter
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: b. 1924
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Peter Voulkos
Title: Plate
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1957
Creation End Date: 1957
Creation Date: 1957
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: stoneware with low-fire glaze and acrylic paint
Dimensions: H.3 x W.16-3/16 x L.16-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 81.33
Credit Line: Gift of the John R. Van Derlip Fund and Tod and Ruth Braunstein

Peter Voulkos started out as a functional potter in the early 1950s when he made the stoneware teapot exhibited in this gallery while working at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Not content to continue down this more traditional path, Voulkos started to challenge the medium by literally torturing the surface of his ceramics, at the same time as the abstract expressionists were taking similar liberties with paint on canvas. Voulkos' kinship with these painters is clearly reflected in the plate exhibited here, as well as in the lidded jar by his contemporary Jim Leedy. Voulkos' innovative work in ceramics has served as a liberating force for ceramists ever since.

AMICA ID: MIA_.81.33
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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