Paul Soldner Guestbook

Paul Soldner Guestbook





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I was lucky to be taught for a week or two by Paul Soldner in my college ceramics courses. He was friends with our teacher and he taught us how to do Raku and Salt Firing.

One of the most amazing things he showed us was a new technique in which he threw an exquisite tall vase, let it get leather hard and then put it back on the wheel and whacked it multiple times with a baseball bat... We were blown away with all of his ideas.

Learning from him is one of my most cherished memories.


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Hello, I believe it was Spring of 1971. I volunteered to let Paul Soldner stay at my folks house when he was doing a workshop at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA. The instructors were Bob Hodgston and Michael Lopez. Paul came and gave the workshop and I was one of the teachers aides. He handed me a large bisque vase to get rid of. I admit, I just couldn't destroy it. I took it home. While he was there he went to visit Peter Voulkos who was teaching at UC Berkeley. Upon leaving after his stay, he presented my folks with a nice Raku bowl which I still have to this day. I gave the large bisqued vase to my sister many years ago. That was 46 years ago. What a long strange trip its been. Best regards ... Gil

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I had a dream last night about Paul and Ginny. I need to contemplate it. I opened my Pinterest this morning and there were photos of Paul's work. Which brought me here. So much to remember. He made me the teacher I am today. Thank you Paul.

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I've been fortunate to have taken 3 of Paul's workshops back in the 70's. !st one in Denver. 2nd one in Granby, CO. 3rd one was a raku workshop in Sun Valley, ID. Big influence on my 43 years of making pottery. I have 2 Soldner wheels. They have been in constant use for most of those 43 years with a minimum of repairs. Only but gratitude for this man and his heart.

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I met Paul while studying with Blue Corn at Anderson Ranch one summer. Later I attended a workshop he did in Key West, Florida. What a fabulous spirit. I was also blessed to bid and get one of his wonderful raku pieces at an auction. Fondly, remembering him doing a raku firing in his speedo!

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Student of Pauls in 1970's at Scripps. Cheers to a grand artist and teacher.

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"I am disappointed that I am a potter/clay artist and living in Colorado and our paths have not yet intersected. I am hoping that through you book I will meet you and your work. I believe in the afterlife and that you are in the heavens doing what, here, was considered controversial. Happy Trails, my friend.
Thanks a lot..."


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"HI YA PAUL!! TALKED WITH KK, ATHENA, AND GLENN-THEY WERE AT KK'S RETRO-IT WAS JUST GREAT CONNECTING WITH THEM---I WILL WRITE YOU A LETTER --IT HAS BEEN YEARS-I WISH I WERE CLOSER SO I COULD VISIT YOU . HOPE U GET THIS MW"

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