Revolutions of the Wheel
The Emergence of American Clay Art

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The Tradition of No Tradition
"The Tradition of No Tradition" begins by asking: What is a potter?" "What is clay?" and "What makes a pot a vessel?" These issues are examined from the perspectives of…
The Great Move West
"The Great Move West" begins with the westward movement of potters to California with its freedom from ceramic tradition and rich deposits of clay. The artistry and uniquely dazzling glazes…
Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group
"Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group" closely examines the work of Peter Voulkos. Starting from his years at the Archie Bray Institute in Montana with fellow potter Rudy Autio, the…
Robert Arneson & The Davis Group
"Robert Arneson & The Davis Group" examines the career of Robert Arneson, one of the most controversial artists to come out of the San Francisco Bay area during the 1960s.…
The Width of a Circle
"The Width of a Circle" concentrates on artists Adrian Saxe, James Melchert, Clayton Bailey and Stephen De Staebler. Though influenced by Peter Voulkos early in their careers, each broke free…

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The Tradition of No Tradition
Part of the Series: Revolutions of the Wheel
"The Tradition of No Tradition" begins by asking: What is a potter?" "What is clay?" and "What makes a pot a vessel?" These issues are examined from the perspectives of contemporary potters, historians and art critics. The film goes on to explore American ceramics' background by examining its European origins.…
The Great Move West
Part of the Series: Revolutions of the Wheel
"The Great Move West" begins with the westward movement of potters to California with its freedom from ceramic tradition and rich deposits of clay. The artistry and uniquely dazzling glazes of Glen Lukens are examined along with the Bauhaus influence of famed potter Marguerite Wildenhain. Included is documentation of the…
The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz - The Story of Mata Ortiz Ceramics
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Grayson Perry
Part of the Series: theEYE
Since winning the Turner Prize in 2003, Grayson Perry has become the nation's favourite transvestite potter. In this film, he speaks engagingly about why he is an artist that uses ceramics and not a potter, and about the defining themes that run through his work. He explains the elaborate, labour…
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy is perhaps best known for his colourful and joyous Fauvistic paintings, but he also produced a dazzling array of ceramics, wall-hangings, dress fabrics and furniture designs. In addition Dufy produced elaborate decorative schemes for public buildings and was influential as a planner of public spaces. Having studied drawing…
California Clay In The Rockies
In California during the 1950's the art climate was in a state of flux and open to experimentation. The presence of Peter Voulkas signaled a philosophical upheaval of ceramic tradition and technique, inspiring the west coast clay revolution. California Clay in the Rockies is an assemblage of assemblage of interviews,…
Design & Decoration: Malborough Gallery, Lobmeyr & Adrian Sassoon
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Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group
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"Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group" closely examines the work of Peter Voulkos. Starting from his years at the Archie Bray Institute in Montana with fellow potter Rudy Autio, the film follows his move in 1954 to Los Angeles to teach at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, later known…
Design & Decoration: National Gallery Victoria and Bernardaud
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Diego Velazquez
In return for immortalising the grotesquely in-bred court of the rapidly declining Spanish Hapsburgs, Philip IV admitted Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) to the ranks of the nobility at a time when artists were considered no better than carpenters. Didier Baussy-Oulianoff's resplendent portrait focuses on this special relationship between an artist and…
Richard Deacon
Part of the Series: theEYE
Richard Deacon is widely regarded as one of the principal British sculptors, best known for his innovative use of open form and his interest in materials and their manipulation. For more than two decades, Deacon has created unique sculptures in a wide range of materials such as laminated wood, polycarbonate,…
Peter Voulkos Working
Peter Voulkos is the undisputed creative force behind the American Clay Revolution that began in the 1950s and continues today. His energy and charisma are legendary. Peter Voulkos Working offers a window into three distinct chapters of his prodigious career. It features newly re-mastered films available digitally for the first…