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"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 of Glen Lukens are examined along with the Bauhaus influence of famed potter Marguerite Wildenhain. Included is documentation of the…
The Tradition of No Tradition
Part of the Series: Revolutions of the Wheel
"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 contemporary potters, historians and art critics. The film goes on to explore American ceramics' background by examining its European origins.…
Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group
Part of the Series: Revolutions of the Wheel
"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 film follows his move in 1954 to Los Angeles to teach at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, later known…
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Part of the Series: Revolutions of the Wheel
"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. Fellow artists Jim Brady, Peter Vandenberg, Chris Unterseher, Richard Shaw, Stephen DeStaebler and others reminisce about the years they worked…
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Grayson Perry
Part of the Series: theEYE
Since winning the Turner Prize in 2003, Grayson Perry has become the nation's favourite transvestite potter. In this film, he speaks engagingly about why he is an artist that uses ceramics and not a potter, and about the defining themes that run through his work. He explains the elaborate, labour…
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The life-sized terracotta warriors of China are known throughout the world. This clay army of 8,000 including infantry, archers, generals and cavalry was discovered by archaeologists in 1974 after farmers digging a well near the Chinese city of Xian unearthed pieces of clay sculpted in human form. An amazing archaeological…
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