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Ceramic artist part of Visiting Artist Lecture Series

September 16, 2003

Austin Peays department of art presents one of Americas most influential ceramic artists, Paul Soldner, as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Demonstrations will be given from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 1-2, in the Customs House Museum and Cultural Centers auditorium. Wednesdays demonstration will be followed by a slide presentation at 7 p.m.
September 16, 2003

Austin Peay's department of art presents one of America's most influential ceramic artists, Paul Soldner, as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Demonstrations will be given from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 1-2, in the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center's auditorium. Wednesday's demonstration will be followed by a slide presentation at 7 p.m.

Soldner, who started out as a pre-med student, felt the desire to pursue an artistic career after serving as a drafted Army medic during World War II. He became Peter Voulkos's first student, earning a master's degree in fine arts in 1956.

Teaching at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School for 37 years, Soldner's contributions to the field of ceramics include American Raku and low-temperature salt firing.

“Just working around Paul was fun,” said Herb Balderson, an Aspen local who helped convince Soldner to start a clay cooperative that later became the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. “He's enthusiastic, gets people stirred up and makes you want to push yourself beyond where you might go on your own.”
Terry Stringer