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Rudolf Staffel
American Ceramic Artist

Light Gatherer, 1988Rudi Staffel (born 1911) is well known for his so-called 'Light Gatherers', where he uses porcelain's translucency to emphasize the effects of light in his ceramic work.

Staffel studued at the Chicago Institute of Art from 1929-1931 and has achieved considerable acclaim with his innovative porcelain work since then. Vessels are wheel thrown and altered, with pieces often added on later, to vary the amount of light passing through the wall. The effects are further heightened by photgraphy against a dark background.

Staffel won the 1996 PEW Fellowship, was the subject of a retrospective in 1997 at the Philedelphia Museum of Art and exhibits at Helen Drutt Gallery Philadelphia.

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