Peter Callas Mentori / Twisted Vase Form, signed by the artist on bottom.
Purchased in 2008 from American Contemporary Ceramics in New York City
Peter Callas (b. 1951) is an American artist who specializes in wood fired ceramics. He built the first Anagama Kiln in the United States in 1976. He received a BFA from the University of Puget Sound located in Tacoma, Washington in the early 1970's. Later on he was an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation.
Callas has spent over thirty-five years in clay. His work comes out of the abstract expressionism movement and this carries through in his sculptures as well as his prints and pots. He has helped to broaden the understanding of firing an anagama for a longer period of time allowing for a different end product of the work. Callas played a roll in the later stages of Peter Voulkos's life introducing wood firing to him. They also did some collaborative work together. Callas is well known for his work and it can be found in museums and galleries throughout the world including The American Museum Of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA, International Ceramic Museum in Kecskemet, Hungary, and The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Shigaraki, Japan. Callas lives and works in Belvidere, New Jersey and continues to work “ashen glazed surfaces to communicate the mysterious sensibilities of nature on fire.”
Approximately 8.5” Tall and 8” diameter
Condition: Fine, no chips, cracks other than as intended by the artist in his artistic process