“Gash,” a stoneware stack pot by Peter Voulkos broke the world record for the artist’s ceramics, selling for $105,750 at the Cowans + Clark + Del Vecchio Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Auction in Chicago in November. Of the 84 lots brought to auction, several outsold their estimated values, including “Ghost Box” by Jim Melchert, which sold for $26,440, and “Vesuvius” by Christine Nofchissey McHorse, which sold for $17,625. “This was an important and successful first step towards establishing a true secondary market for modern and contemporary ceramics,” says Mark Del Vecchio, who co-owns Clark + Del Vecchio gallery with Garth Clark. The duo plans to team up again with Cowans auction house this spring.
The Art on Fire 10 Celebration and Auction raised more than $110,000 on Oct. 15 to support Pittsburgh Glass Center’s programs. A live auction included 23 glass works viewed by more than 400 attendees. Top sellers included works by Davide Salvadore, Jon Kuhn, Ed Kachurik and Richard Jolley.