Paul Soldner Sculpture Dedication

Paul Soldner, Bronze Pedestal Piece, 1990


One of the most influential ceramic artists in America, Paul Soldner taught at Scripps College for 30 years, beginning in the late 1950s, and drew many young artists to the College. His life was one of vision, inspiration, and teaching. As a professor at Scripps and Claremont Graduate University, and through workshops he conducted around the world, he influenced generations of ceramic art students, who found in Soldner an artist who was both internationally acclaimed and personally accessible, a teacher who taught not by rule, but by example. According to Mary Davis MacNaughton,  professor of art and director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, because of Paul Soldner, Scripps emerged as an exciting alternative to the traditional ceramic programs at other institutions that emphasized commercial ceramics over fine arts.

To honor his life and work, on December 8, 2011 at 4 pm, a bronze piece of Soldner’s will be dedicated in the Sculpture Garden, Bixby Court, between the Williamson Gallery and the Lincoln Ceramic Art Building at Scripps College. Tea will be served, beginning at 3 pm.  Please join us to commemorate a most extraordinary artist and person.

If you have questions, or would like more information about the event, please call (909) 607-8090, or email [email protected].