4’7″ H x 2’4″ W x 2’3″ D

Cast Bronze 2001

About the Artist: Peter Voulkos

Peter Voulkos has often been dubbed the father of the American Clay Revolution, otherwise known as the Craft-to-Art movement. In 1954, Voulkos’s hefty clay sculptures smashed the boundaries and constraints of utilitarian ceramics with three categories of work: “ice buckets,” “plates,” and “stacks.”

Voulkos’s Missoula is a bronze casting of monumental clay stacks. Each piece is constructed around a cylindrical core that has been distorted, reduced, and subsequently rebuilt using ceramic fragments, slabs, bricks, and chunks of various shapes, textures, and sizes. The rounded cap and smooth neck of Missoula invite figurative references. In each work, the muscular and weighted lines of seams join blemished satin, pockmarked, and wounded surfaces to produce a sculptural record of its individual construction, destruction, and reformation.

Photo Courtesy of Cliff Roles.