Peter Voulkos
1924 – 2002


Peter Voulkos (born Panagiotis Harry Voulkos; 29 January 1924 – 16 February 2002) was an American artist of Greek descent. He is known for his abstract expressionist ceramic sculptures, which crossed the traditional divide between ceramic crafts and fine art. He established the ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute and at UC Berkeley.

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An American ceramicist who helped the craft garner acceptance as an art form by creating abstract expressionist works that vacillate between sculpture and ceramic.

Country of birth

United States


Artist, ceramicist, designer, painter, sculptor

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Peter Voulkos, Panagiotis Voulkos

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