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Maker: Peter H. Voulkos, American, 1924–2002

Plate

1973

Stoneware and porcelain

3 3/4 × 18 in. (9.525 × 45.72 cm)
Gift of Joann and Gifford Phillips, Class of 1942
2008.115.10
From the late 1950s onwards, plates became a favored form for Peter Voulkos.  The broad surfaces allowed Voulkos to experiment with increasingly expressionistic decoration, transforming them from functional objects into sculpture.  Voulkos would slash, gouge, and otherwise deform the clay before firing.  The surface of this plate is disrupted by dents, fissures, and seven porcelain slugs, another signature element which Voulkos called “pass-throughs.”
Geography: 
Made in Berkeley, California
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Primus Gallery; purchased January 1973 by Gifford and Joann Phillips, New York; donated 2008 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 126.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.