Some evenings I create art. Sometimes I search art out. Sometimes I run into it accidentally.

Peter Voulkos

Peter Voulkos 1924–2002

Few artists can revolutionize an ancient medium, but Peter Voulkos did just that when he brought ceramics into the realm of fine art starting in the late 1950s. Born in Bozeman, Montana in 1924, he studied painting and ceramics at Montana State University and later received his MFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland. While Voulkos began his career by creating utilitarian objects such as bowls and vases that won him wide renown, he began to contemplate abstraction and other fine art principles when he spent the summer of 1953 teaching at Black Mountain College, there he met Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Josef Albers. From there, he visited New York, meeting many of the Abstract Expressionists.

Voulkos returned to California to teach at Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design) from 1954 to 1959 and it was in this period that his works really began to evolve. As the decade came to a close, Voulkos moved away from creating functional items, instead morphing vase-like structures into sculpture. He slashed the clay in certain instances and aggressively applied paint to the forms like canvas. No longer content to create works that hid their process of creation, Voulkos made the very act of creation paramount to the understanding and appreciation of his work, much like the Abstract Expressionists that he had associated with.

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Auction Results Peter Voulkos

PETER VOULKOS, Snake River | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Snake River

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $250,000
PETER VOULKOS, early vase | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

early vase

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,250
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $9,375
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $5,850
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $8,750
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $6,250
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $5,313
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Stack | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Stack

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
PETER VOULKOS, early vase | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

early vase

estimate: $12,000–16,000
result: $20,000
PETER VOULKOS, Bull | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Bull

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $14,375
PETER VOULKOS, early vase with figures | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

early vase with figures

estimate: $15,000–20,000
PETER VOULKOS, Shogun | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Shogun

estimate: $35,000–45,000
result: $62,500
PETER VOULKOS, Early lidded jar | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Early lidded jar

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $4,875
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $8,750
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $10,625
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $10,000
PETER VOULKOS, Untitled Plate | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Untitled Plate

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $4,800
PETER VOULKOS, Fine large lidded vessel | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Fine large lidded vessel

estimate: $9,500–12,500
result: $10,625
PETER VOULKOS, Tea bowl | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Tea bowl

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,750
PETER VOULKOS, Large charger | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Large charger

estimate: $6,500–9,500
result: $7,500
PETER VOULKOS, Large charger | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Large charger

estimate: $6,500–9,500
result: $8,125
PETER VOULKOS, Early gourd vase | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Early gourd vase

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,500
PETER VOULKOS, Early vase | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Early vase

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,250
PETER VOULKOS, Early abstract sculpture | ragoarts.com

Peter Voulkos

Early abstract sculpture

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $4,375