Black Lidded Vessel
Porcelain; ht. 23.5, wd. 15, dp. 8.5 in.
Rothman was one of a group of gifted colleagues who came out of the ceramics department at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in the 1950s under the tutelage of Peter Voulkos, taking part in a movement that would become known as the “Clay Revolution” in the 1950's and 60's. This piece, from the 1980's, shows Rothman at his peak. Using a porcelain he invented himself, he would surface the works in a gloss gun-metal glaze (also his own invention) and create these table-top tureens of strength and poise. Few have been offered at auction and this piece is exceptional.