Paul Soldner: Playing with Fire
Subjects: Art, Documentary
PAUL SOLDNER: Playing with Fire, explores the life and art of Paul Soldner – a revolutionary ceramic artist who transformed a three thousand year old craft into a new expression of modern art. While earning an MFA at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles during the mid-1950s, Paul Soldner challenged the established aesthetic in ceramics--much like the New York painters, such as Jackson Pollock did with Abstract Expressionism. It was during this Otis Movement that ceramic art graduated from functional craft to fine art. At the forefront of this revolutionary period was Paul Soldner, pushing the boundaries of both clay and kiln. Today, at 84 and after decades of teaching his skills to younger generations, Paul remains on the cutting edge of modern ceramic sculpture. He pushes no one harder than himself, understanding that the only limitation is one’s own imagination. His unique persona, gentle and wise yet playfully unconventional, clearly challenges the norm and inspires more than just ceramic artists, but whomever encounters this eccentric sage.
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