Beginning in 1954 Voulkos created thousands of pots, constantly breaking out of the boundaries of what had been considered acceptable form in Western ceramics. This sculptural, nonfunctional piece is the earliest example of the distinctive "stack pot" form that Voulkos was to use extensively in the mid 1970s. It is one of the most important, expressionistic, and aggressive examples of Voulkos's muscular clay handling. The clay is torn, cut, drawn into, and assembled from thrown forms, with added patches of glaze painting.
Artist Peter Voulkos
American, 1924 - 2002
  • Untitled Stack Pot
Date 1964
Medium partially glazed stoneware
Dimensions Overall: 29 7/8 × 11 1/8 inches (75.9 × 28.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Miscellaneous Memorials Fund
Accession Number 1985.28
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
On View Contemporary N285, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed along front bottom edge: Voulkos
Inscriptions Dated: 64
the artist;
Garth Clark Gallery (New York, New York, USA);
1985-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Taragin, Davira. "From Vienna to the Studio Craft Movement." Apollo 124, no. 298 (December 1986): 81-82 (ill.).