Luster Vessels Created Spring-Fall, 2010
by Paul J. Katrich
Luster Vessels by Paul J. Katrich for the American Art Pottery Association Conference
and AAPA Art Pottery Show & Sale
April 21-25 (Wednesday-Sunday), 2010
Broadcast Television Interviews
with Paul J. Katrich
about the AAPA Convention
and Collecting American Art Pottery
A Retrospective Exhibition of
Works by Paul J. Katrich:
Luster Potter to Wall Sculptures
Not Seen Since 1996
Interlacing set of Victorian Design, and Whitman.
"The Outer Worlds"
Vessel 1419 (12").
"Planetary orbs of antique bronze float in
clouds of silken matte iridescence with the
full chroma of a sunset. Raised starbursts in
bright gold move through the sky. The interior
is glazed, brilliant-metallic copper.
"This large and important work was
conceived and executed exclusively for the
American Art Pottery Association. All proceeds
from its sale will benefit the AAPA."
(Description by Paul J. Katrich.)
"The Outer Worlds" was auction lot #21.
100% of the proceeds went the AAPA.
Luster Vessels by Paul J. Katrich for the Pottery Lovers Reunion
July 9-11, 2010
Special Donation of Luster Vessel 1422
for the Pottery Lovers Organization
Luster Vessel 1422.
"The Very Last Day" (10-1/4").
Description from the Belhorn Auction Services Website:
"The Very Last Day" - An unique studio vessel by Paul J. Katrich. Tall, classical vase covered in the artist's signature luster glazes with stars. The vessel is fully marked with the artist's Grecian Sphinx trademark, and is accompanied with a signed and sealed Certificate of Authenticity. 10 1/4" tall. This piece has been graciously donated to the Pottery Lovers Reunion for their 2010 Auction. All sale proceeds will benefit the Pottery Lovers organization.
Vessel 1423 (6").
"Dramatic cylindrical vase with a silken blue
iridescence. Angular passages of granulate
bright-gold rise off the background like a
seabed of coral, or a gilded giraffe.
A refined vessel with a potent presence."
Vessel 1424 (6").
Vessel 1425 (5").
Vessel 1426 (5-1/2").
"A fantasy apple in iridescent gold,
deep scarlet and flows of rich turquoise.
Wine, dark-silken transitions are touched
with ultraviolet. A fine piece with
great variety, yet great harmony."
Luster Vessels by Paul J. Katrich for The Showplace in New York City
Luster Vessel 1437 (~6").
"A superior bottle vase with glowing flows of
deep blue, otherworldly amber and rich volcanic green.
A virtuouso glaze performance on a midsummer's night
Luster Vessel 1438 (~7").
"A firey-iridescent red keeps pace with
flowing molten blues and iridescent violet.
Inspired by ancient Chinese works, this piece
transcends to its own level. Reds of this depth
and quality are most difficult to achieve, and
this is a highly potent and successful example.
Exuberant, cheerful and alive.
Luster Vessel 1439 (6").
"A dense forest glade, with amber lights of
dusk falling through emerald green, lapis blue
and sky turquoise. A vessel of great mystery,
invention and unexpected, lovely reflections.
Fine in all of its dimensions.
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Paul J. Katrich is a modern traditionalist.
He is also a degreed Art Historian
and frequent guest lecturer in the
fine and decorative arts.
An accomplished sculptor and artist in many media,
he offers a variety of professional design services.
Mr. Katrich serves as Secretary on the Board of the
American Art Pottery Association.
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Fine Art Pottery
The contemporary pottery of Paul J. Katrich
consists of fine, hand-thrown ceramic vessels,
fired with rare colors and treatments,
including in-glaze iridescent lusters.
Each piece is utterly unique
in design and execution:
no repetition is possible.
Flawed or inferior examples are
destroyed: no second-quality Katrich
pottery is ever permitted to enter
The Pottery Marks
of Paul J. Katrich
his Registered Trademark
(a Grecian Sphinx)
was glazed and fired
onto the bottom
of the vessels.
Beginning in 2006
his "KATRICH" name was included
below his Registered Trademark
(a Grecian Sphinx), and then
glazed and fired together
onto the bottom of the vessels.
The Katrich Mark
A Personal Description by the Artist
"A Grecian Sphinx appears on all authentic ceramic works of Paul J. Katrich.
The Sphinx is a symbol shrouded in myth and antiquity; revered in many cultures.
"I adopted this signature to demonstrate respect for the artists of the ancient East,
whose pottery is a constant source of wonder. For me, the Sphinx is a guardian
of arcane knowledge and many mysteries.
"By tradition, the vessel held in her paws denotes life and special insight.
"She has faithfully served Katrich Studios, as a companion and good-luck token, for many years.
May she do as much for the possessor."
Paul J. Katrich
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