John Mason

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Otis College and the Ceramic Revolution

May 14, 2015

Otis College Ceramics, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, May 17, 2015 Auction

The Los Angeles County Art Institute, which became the Otis College of Art and Design, was at the center of ceramic’s evolution as an artistic medium in America. In 1954 Peter Voulkos became head of its ceramics department. He brought with him energy, strength and a bold streak influenced by Abstract Expressionism–all new elements for the discipline. The kilns at Otis College became the launching pad for the new ceramic artistry. Voulkos’s students and colleagues joined the signal artistic movements of the sixties and seventies.

From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design:

Ceramics came into its own as a fine art form in the 1950s. Clay had been regarded as a second-class medium–more artisanal than artistic.

The crucible of that change was the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, in the ceramics studio headed by Peter Voulkos. LAMA’s May 17th auction includes a wonderful group of lots featuring the work of Voulkos and his colleagues and students–every significant artist at the heart of that revolution, including Paul Soldner, John Mason, Henry Takemoto, Ken Price, and Billy Al Bengston.

Lost and Found

October 15, 2009

Peter recently discovered an hour-glass shaped ceramic buried under ivy and dirt. This ceramic came out of an estate with other amazing ceramics (Peter Voulkos and John Mason to name a few). We are in the process of identifying it and are scouring our resources, but have had no luck in finding the maker of […]

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