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Feather River

Peter Voulkos was one of the most innovative ceramic artists of the twentieth century. Around 1957 he began experimenting with the construction of clay sculptures, which he fired in a seven-foot-tall walk-in kiln. Feather River, created in 1960, exemplifies this blending of sculpture and ceramics. By blurring the distinctions between the craft of ceramics and the “fine art” of sculpture, Voulkos helped revitalize the art of ceramics in the post-World War II era.

Peter Voulkos
American, 1924‒2002
Feather River
Glazed and painted stoneware
35 x 14 x 8 in. (88.9 x 35.6 x 20.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 82.17

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