Jones, Peter

Jones, Peter

Festival Instructor 2020

Teaching Artist

Artist statement/bio:

I have been a potter for 49 years.  In the summer of 1961, I watched a woman throw pots on the wheel in Laguna Beach, California.  I thought I was looking at magic and knew that it was something I had to do.  Two years later, I threw my first pot in a 9th grade arts and crafts class.  As much as I enjoyed it, I didn’t think of pottery again until I was about to graduate from Denver University in 1971 with a degree in psychology.  I had to fulfill an art requirement and remembered how much I enjoyed pottery.  It seemed like a perfect fit for me, but little did I realize that I would be absolutely consumed by it.  On the eve of my graduation from DU, I informed my father that I wanted to be a potter for the rest of my life.  One could see the color just drain from his face…  Nonetheless, I moved to Maine from Colorado in 1973 and have pursued my passion ever since then.

I work with stoneware and porcelain clays and fire them in a 100 cubic foot propane-fired kiln of my own design.  My work is mostly functional pots, although I enjoy making more “artistic expressions” when time allows.  Like most artists, I experiment with new techniques and tools as often as I can.  Sometimes experimenting with new ideas leads me down a new path with great results, sometimes not.  It is part of the artistic journey that makes it so exciting for me.

I love passing along the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years by giving workshops.    The way I think about my life is that I am doing exactly what I love to do and I just happen to also make a living from it as well.


Other Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Making Yourself a Better Potter (Virtual) 2 Weeks July 27, 2020

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