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Paul Soldner
Recent Work
January 17 - February 14, 2004
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Paul Soldner, celebrated ceramic artist and educator, presents new work in a one person show at the Frank Lloyd Gallery from January 17 through February 14.   Combining slab built, wheel thrown, and hand-altered elements into dynamic sculptural forms, Soldner’s recent work captures the vitality and lyricism the artist has become known for over his long career.  Showcasing eight new ceramic sculptures, the exhibition will also include one bronze work and several of Soldner’s monotypes.

Soldner, an integral member of the legendary Los Angeles “clay revolution” of the 1950’s, is also revered for his role as a teacher and mentor.  After studying with Peter Voulkos at the Otis Art Institute, Soldner was hired to teach at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.  For over thirty years, he headed the ceramics department there while also running a potting equipment business in Colorado and traveling to give workshops around the world.  Now well into the fifth decade of his career, he continues to be actively involved in his art, both giving workshops and creating new work.  He is well known for his extensive research into raku firing methods and his adventurous attitude towards clay.   In his recent work, integrating elements both sculptural and spontaneous, he continues his exploration of lyrical, abstract forms in clay.

In conjunction with this exhibition, from January 24 through April 4 2004, the Williamson Gallery at Scripps College will host the 60th Ceramic Annual in honor of Paul Soldner.  The annual, which is the longest running in the United States, will feature the work of Soldner, his students and his contemporaries.