Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) is considered the most transformative figure in 20th century ceramics, as the artist who had brought more energy to abandoning and destroying established conventions in ceramics than anyone else, and for replacing these conventions with new technical and aesthetic possibilities. The California-based Voulkos, who was born to Greek immigrant parents, studied painting and ceramics at Montana State University, before earning a MFA degree from the California College of the Arts. He then briefly taught at the famed Black Mountain College in 1953, before establishing the art ceramics department at the Otis College of Art and Design, called the Los Angeles County Art Institute, and then moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he founded the art ceramics department, and where he taught from 1959 until 1985. In January, Glenn Adamson, Director of the Museum of Arts & Design will discuss new research on Voulkos’ work in a lecture he will deliver at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, which will be taking place at the historical Bohemian National Hall in New York.
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