In this video overview of Paul Soldner's life and career, conversations with the artist are interspersed with footage from a recent workshop he conducted at Finch Pottery Studio in Bailey, North Carolina.
Among the topics discussed are Soldner's firing innovations, equipment designs, those who influenced him and his approach to his work. "I like to work without knowing the solution," he says. "I think that I like to make art without knowing ahead of time how it's going to look. I'd rather discover that by making it, rather than trying to make it look like a drawing or an image I have in my head. ... If I already know how it's going to turn out, I probably don't want to make it." Approximately 30 minutes. Available as VHS videocassette. $29.95, plus $4.50 shipping. Soldner Video, 1 Wiener St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.