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Paul Soldner dies at 89; ceramicist known for American raku
Paul Soldner dies at 89; ceramicist known for American raku

Paul Soldner, a ceramicist and longtime Scripps College teacher who introduced a pottery technique called American raku, died Monday at his home in Claremont after a period of declining health. He was 89. "He was one of the greats in California ceramics — part of the West Coast scene that came on in the '60s with Peter Voulkos, John Mason and Ken Price," said Doug Casebeer, an artistic director at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo., which Soldner helped to found. "It was a generation influenced by jazz — the idea of spontaneity and responding to your materials." Born in 1921 in Summerfield, Ill., Soldner moved several times in the...

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