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-- Image left: "Home of the Free". Photo credit: Charlie Cummings, Charlie Cummings Gallery.
One of crafthaus’ focuses is advocacy. Advocacy for craft as an art form and advocacy for practitioners from the ambitious hobbyist level on up.
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:
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Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2016
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
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
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
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