Paul Soldner was a highly influential ceramic artist. Soldner was one of the first students of Peter Voulkos, a well-known American ceramist who taught at the Otis Art Institute in the 1950s. Soldner taught for many years, dividing his time between Aspen, Colorado, and Scripps College in Claremont, California. He created the “American Raku” firing technique, based on the Japanese Raku ware tradition. Soldner’s method uses different processes to create works that have shapes and glazes that set them apart from Asian ware. The ceramic artist received an MA in Art Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.