Young Future: Richard Peterson

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Young Future: Richard Peterson

-- Image left: "Home of the Free". Photo credit: Charlie Cummings, Charlie Cummings Gallery.

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We believe that an art and craft education benefits absolutely everyone, especially those who don't do well in standardized learning and working environments, or have been through personal turmoil. As a field, we need to do more to spread the story of art and craft as a healing, therapeutic influence just as much as we need to spread our story about skill and practice.


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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Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2016

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Let it Happen

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Priscilla Mouritzen Sep 2, 2015. 2 Replies

This is the last installment of the crafthaus series "Young Future: Richard Peterson". It was great fun showing Richard's work and letting readers in on his personal background, clay work, and accomplishments.Thanks for your interest and feedback dear readers, we heard back from many people, clay artists and non-clay artists alike, who were deeply touched and inspired by Richard's story. Thank you also to Charlie Cummings Gallery for…Continue

Tags: road, open, let, it, go

I Admire

Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 26, 2015. 0 Replies

Richard Peterson, "Die Alone". Exhibited at International Ceramic Cup Show at the Workhouse Arts Center at Workhouse Arts Center on Wednesday Jan 8, 2014. Honorable mention.…Continue

Tags: Lugo, Roberto, community, Kevin, Snipes

Making and Selling

Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 19, 2015. 0 Replies

Richard Peterson, "My Eyes Are Up Here" Earthenware, wheelthrown, painted slip and underglaze, fired to cone 4, 2.75 x 2.75 x 2.75 inches.Photo credit: Charlie Cummings, Charlie Cummings Gallery…Continue

Tags: exhibition, ceramics, show, making, community

Grad School

Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 17, 2015. 0 Replies

Image courtesy of UARK/Ceramics: Ryan McKerley, A.C.E. Visiting Artist Lecture/Workshop, Spring 2015Continued from previous post "…Continue

Tags: evolution, Kevin, Snipes, Ohio, craft

Hard Work

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Ann Thompson Aug 18, 2015. 3 Replies

My mother and I at my exit thesis show at Forum Artspace in Cleveland. Without her, I have no clue what would have happened in my life. -- Richard Peterson, 2015. Family photo.…Continue

Tags: Zygote, Brick, Cleveland, Press, Akron

Growing Up

Started by Brigitte Martin Aug 12, 2015. 0 Replies

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)…Continue

Tags: poor, portfolio, growing, drug, crafthaus

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Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 22, 2016 at 3:39pm

Fantastic! I loved this story and updates are most welcome.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 22, 2016 at 11:12am

Update on Richard Peterson: If you followed his story you will be happy to hear that Richard has just been featured with a two-page spread in American Craft Magazine's ZOOM Section,  February/March 2016 issue! Out on magazine stands now.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 14, 2015 at 7:24am

Thank you John, Corliss and Dauvit for the feedback! More of this WILL happen on crafthaus - and soon. :)

Comment by The Justified Sinner on August 14, 2015 at 3:29am

This is brilliant. More of this on Crafthaus, please!

Such a moving article: I got SO angry about the bit about the school trying to medicate Richard to stop him drawing; what damn right... etc.

Comment by 2Roses on August 12, 2015 at 8:56am

Thank you for this Brigitte. Very well done. Looking forward to the rest of the series. 

 

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