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Paul Soldner

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Paul Soldner, American, (1921–January 3, 2011)
Vase, glazed stonewear
9 x 8 x 6 3/4 in. (23 x 20 x 17 cm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: wheel-thrown, hand-built, raku
Period: Contemporary 1946-present
Credit Line: Gift of Gordon Folkins
Accession Number: 2018.7.1


Commentary
Soldner was a frequenter of ceramic art events and was well-respected. At one such visit, he met the donor's mother, Carolyn Folkins. This vase was made as a gift by Soldner for Carolyn Folkins. Soldner took fur from Folkins' dog's tail in order to make the brush that was used to glaze this piece. (From William Hemmerdinger's analysis, written January 31, 2018.)

Marks
Signed with the artist's impressed "Cattle Molar" mark on the vessel lip. (William Hemmerdinger, MFA, PhD.)

Medium
wheel-thrown, hand-built, altered and glazed stonewear, reminiscent of the raku style

Provenance
Paul Soldner to the artist Carolyn Folkins (mother of present owner, a co-founder of the Firehouse Arts Center, Norman, Oklahoma, passed 2015) to her descendants/son, Gordon Folkins. Gifted to the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery by Gordon Folkins in 2018.

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