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Peter Voulkos, American, (1924–2002)
Bird Vase, 1958
Stoneware, glazed
9 in. x 15 in. x 15 in. (22.86 cm x 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Slab Method
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 91.4.2


Commentary
"Voulkos brought a gestural sensibility, inspired by abstract expressionism, to his forms and surfaces. Like the impastoed surfaces of paintings by de Kooning and Kline, Voulkos's incised lines and liquid brushstrokes of Bird Vase, 1958, are traces of his creative thought."
(Mary Davis MacNaughton, Revolution in Clay, 1994, pg. 60)

Marks
Signed "Voulkos 58" in iron oxide on the inside lip; tape reading "595" on the bottom.

Medium
Slab formed glazed stoneware.

Object Description
Sculptural clay form, abstracted bird formed from geometric shapes, glazed in mat black, white and cobalt.

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