"Clay's Tectonic Shift - John Mason, Ken Price, and  Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968" by Mary Davis MacNoughton

Clay's Tectonic Shift - John Mason, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968 Mary Davis MacNoughton

Publication date:
09 Feb 2012
Getty Publications
240 pages: 289 x 225 x 22mm
131 colour & 37 b&w illustrations

This is an absorbing look at the work of three artists who paved the way for ceramics to be considered fine art. "Clay's Tectonic Shift" focuses on artists John Mason (b. 1927), Kenneth Price (b. 1935), and Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) and their radical early work in post-war Los Angeles where they formed the vanguard of a new California ceramics movement. The three artists broke from the craft tradition that emphasized the function of a piece. Instead, they experimented with scale, surface, colour, and volume, creating work that was instrumental in elevating ceramics from a craft to a fine art.

Mary Davis MacNoughton is director of the Williamson Gallery and associate professor of art history at Scripps College.