Ken Price (1935–2012) was born and raised in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. Price began making ceramics as a student at Santa Monica Community College, yet it was Peter Voulkos, his professor at Otis Art Institute in the late 1950s, who was pivotal to Price’s early development. Like his classmates John Mason and Henry Takemoto, Price experimented with the possibilities of ceramics as a medium, producing large-scale sculptures. Later, he would break away from Voulkos and the Otis studio by experimenting with smaller, eccentric clay forms painted in striking color combinations that had an other-worldly quality. Price was a member of the artistic circle that exhibited at the Ferus Gallery, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1960.