Created By: Scripps College
Paul Soldner served as an army medic during World War II. After returning to the US, Soldner pursued a career in the arts, eventually receiving his MFA in ceramics from Otis Art Institute in 1956. From 1959 to 1991 he taught at Scripps College, where he built a nationally known ceramics program and made the Ceramic Annual into the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the nation. Inspired by the traditional Japanese technique of firing clay called raku, Soldner developed a new method known as American raku, as well as a low-fire process known as salt-fire bisque. Late in hiscareer, he cast clay sculptural vessels in bronze, as seen in this work next to the ceramic studio.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Scripps Art Tour