Revolutions of the Wheel
The Emergence of American Clay Art

Revolutions of the Wheel - The Emergence of American Clay Art
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The Tradition of No Tradition
"The Tradition of No Tradition" begins by asking: What is a potter?" "What is clay?" and "What makes a pot a vessel?" These issues are examined from the perspectives of…
The Great Move West
"The Great Move West" begins with the westward movement of potters to California with its freedom from ceramic tradition and rich deposits of clay. The artistry and uniquely dazzling glazes…
Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group
"Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group" closely examines the work of Peter Voulkos. Starting from his years at the Archie Bray Institute in Montana with fellow potter Rudy Autio, the…
Robert Arneson & The Davis Group
"Robert Arneson & The Davis Group" examines the career of Robert Arneson, one of the most controversial artists to come out of the San Francisco Bay area during the 1960s.…
The Width of a Circle
"The Width of a Circle" concentrates on artists Adrian Saxe, James Melchert, Clayton Bailey and Stephen De Staebler. Though influenced by Peter Voulkos early in their careers, each broke free…

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