Paul Soldner: Playing With Fire
Paul Soldner: Playing with Fire, explores the life and art of Paul Soldner – a revolutionary ceramic artist who transformed a three thousand year old craft into a new way of expressing modern art. While earning an MFA at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angles during the mid-1950s, Paul Soldner challenged the established ceramic aesthetic – much like the New York school painters, like Jackson Pollack, did by creating the Abstract Expressionist Movement. It was during this Otis movement that ceramic art graduated from function to fine art. Paul Soldner was at the forefront of this revolutionary period, pushing the boundaries of what the clay and the kiln could do. Today, at 84 and after decades of teaching his skills to younger generations, Paul is still on the cutting edge of modern ceramic sculpture. He pushes no one harder than himself, understanding that one’s only limitation is one’s own imagination.