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Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter Voulkos, from 1953 to 1968. While trained as a traditional potter, Voulkos's radical methods and ideas during this period opened up possibilities for ceramics in ways that are still being felt today. Below is a selection of objects from the installation. Read more about Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years.

picture of the artist making a large vase

Peter Voulkos throwing on an electric potter’s wheel, about 1956

Courtesy of Peggy Voulkos and the Voulkos & Co. Catalogue Project

Stoneware and colemanite wash rocking pot

Peter Voulkos, Rocking Pot, 1956

Stoneware and colemanite wash, thrown and slab constructed, assembled. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the James Renwick Alliance and various donors and museum purchase, 1983

Glazed stoneware plate

Peter Voulkos, Plate, 1963

Glazed stoneware, torn, sliced, gouged, sgraffito. Scripps College, Claremont, California, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer. Courtesy the Voulkos & Co. Catalogue Project. Photo © schoppleinstudio.com

Stoneware sculpture

Peter Voulkos, Annon, 1959

Stoneware, thrown and slab constructed, paddled, gouged, perforated, sgraffito. Collection of Dick and Gloria Anderson. Courtesy Dick and Gloria Anderson. Photo by E. G. Schempf

Glazed stoneware yellow cross

Peter Voulkos, Cross, 1959

Glazed stoneware, thrown and slab constructed. Museum of Arts and Design, New York, gift of the Johnson Wax Company, through the American Craft Council, 1977. Courtesy the Voulkos & Co. Catalogue Project. Photo © schoppleinstudio.com

Glazed stoneware and slip sculpture

Peter Voulkos, Little Big Horn, 1959

Glazed stoneware and slip, thrown and slab constructed, paddled, gouged, perforated. Oakland Museum of California, gift of the Art Guild of the Oakland Museum. Association in memory of Helen Schilling Stelzner, 1963. Courtesy the Voulkos & Co. Catalogue Project. Photo © schoppleinstudio.com

Glazed stoneware, slip, and epoxy paint sculpture

Peter Voulkos, Red River, about 1960

Glazed stoneware, slip, and epoxy paint, thrown and slab constructed, gouged, sgraffito. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, gift of the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation. Courtesy the Voulkos & Co. Catalogue Project. Photo © schoppleinstudio.com

Glazed stoneware vase

Peter Voulkos, Vase, 1954

Glazed stoneware, wax-resist decoration. Collection of the Klein Family. Courtesy the Voulkos & Co. Catalogue Project. Photo © schoppleinstudio.com

 

Stoneware and slip sculpture

Peter Voulkos, Rasgeado, 1956

Stoneware and slip, thrown and slab constructed, assembled, sgraffito. Collection of Dick and Gloria Anderson. Courtesy Dick and Gloria Anderson. Photo by E. G. Schempf

Glazed stoneware and black iron slip sculpture

Peter Voulkos, Anada, 1968

Glazed stoneware and black iron slip, assembled, gouged, sgraffito. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Mrs. Edgar Sinton. Courtesy the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, © Estate of Peter Voulkos

Stoneware and dioxide iron oxide with manganese sculpture

Peter Voulkos, Untitled, 1956

Stoneware and dioxide iron oxide with manganese, thrown and slab constructed, assembled, sgraffito. Philadelphia Museum of Art, purchased with the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation. Endowed Fund for Modern and Contemporary Craft, 2013. Courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art, © Voulkos Family Trust

picture of the artist making a large vase
Stoneware and colemanite wash rocking pot
Glazed stoneware plate
Stoneware sculpture
Glazed stoneware yellow cross
Glazed stoneware and slip sculpture
Glazed stoneware, slip, and epoxy paint sculpture
Glazed stoneware vase
Stoneware and slip sculpture
Glazed stoneware and black iron slip sculpture
Stoneware and dioxide iron oxide with manganese sculpture