Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos 1956-1968

Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos 1956-1968
Library Shelf Location 26.MACN
Publication Date 2012


  • Published in conjunction with the exhibition held 21 Jan. - 8 Apr. 2012 at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.
  • "This book is published with the assistance of the Getty Foundation, on the occasion of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time is on view from October 2011 through April 2012." -- t.p. verso.
  • Includes bibliography (p. 205-219) and index.


  • This is an absorbing look at the work of three artists who paved the way for ceramics to be considered fine art. "Clay's Tectonic Shift" focuses on artists John Mason (b. 1927), Kenneth Price (b. 1935), and Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) and their radical early work in post-war Los Angeles where they formed the vanguard of a new California ceramics movement. The three artists broke from the craft tradition that emphasized the function of a piece. Instead, they experimented with scale, surface, colour, and volume, creating work that was instrumental in elevating ceramics from a craft to a fine art.


  • Mary Davis MacNoughton is director of the Williamson Gallery and associate professor of art history at Scripps College.


ISBN 9781606061053
Quantity 1
Pages 231 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 29 cm.
Editor Mary Davis MacNaughton
Authors Michael Duncan, Frank Lloyd, Mary Davis MacNaughton, Suzanne Muchnic, Peter Plagens, Karen Tsujimoto
Format Hardback
Publishers J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Related Artists John Mason, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos
Category Contemporary Craft
Keywords Ceramics, Pottery
Language English

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