Young Future: Richard Peterson

Richard Peterson, Home of the Free
Earthenware, wheelthrown with pressmold top, sgraffito, underglaze, fired to cone 4, 4.5 x 2.25 x 2 inches.

--- Image credit: Charlie Cummings, Charlie Cummings Gallery.

(Private Collection)

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Not everyone has the best start in life. Family background, health history, location, and many other influences outside of one’s control play significant roles in our upbringing and in how we view our world. Richard Peterson, a ceramicist and self-described ‘troubled youth’, has a startling personal story about growing up in a trailer and ultimately turning things around for himself.

He sat down with Brigitte Martin, Crafthaus Founder & Editor, for an interview in July 2015 which will be posted on crafthaus in six segments over the course of the next days:

  1. Growing Up
  2. Hard Work
  3. Grad School
  4. Making and Selling
  5. I Admire
  6. Let it Happen

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