American Abstract Expressionist
Callas, born in Jersey City, N.J. in 1951, is an American potter
who has been influenced by the Japanese woodfiring tradition, as
well as the work of his friend and collaborator Peter Voulkos (†
While these influences are apparent, Callas has developed his own
unique style and made his mark on the woodfiring scene with pots
as well as sculpture.
During his travels in Japan, Callas became particularly enamored
with Anagama kilns, which he continues to use to this day. Pieces
that are fired in this way have an ancient look about them, as if
they had been sitting on the bottom of the sea for thousands of
Callas has exhibited extensively in the US as well as Japan and
can be regarded as an established figure in Anagama woodfiring as
well as a proponent of Abstract Expressionist ceramics, in league
with Voulkos, Soldner and others.
Center in Port Chester, NY in will be hosting a show of
Calas' work as well as a two
day workshop in May 2003.
Further reading: Peter
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