Visiting Artist: Ronan Peterson
VISITING ARTIST: RONAN PETERSON
Altered States: Unique Forms and Intense Surfaces
Saturday, March 4, 10am – 4 pm and Sunday, March 5, 10 am – 4 pm
Tuition: $300.00, members $150.00
This 2 day workshop will look at using thrown and altered parts to construct unique vessels and approaches to help enliven and personalize ceramic surfaces. Initial demonstrations will include throwing and altering parts for forms such as vases, boxes, and teapots. We will look at assembling these parts and adding further handbuilt elements to complete our ceramic forms. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to slipping, carving, and resist techniques to develop lively and intense surfaces intended for, but not exclusive to, firing in electric kilns. If time allows, glaze approaches will be demonstrated, or at least discussed. Participants will receive a packet of slip, glaze, and terra sigalatta recipes to reference after the workshop.
BIO: Ronan Kyle Peterson grew up in Poplar, NC, a small community deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Folklore. His interest in Folklore led him to John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, where he began taking classes in ceramics and other media. After working for two years with two potters in the area of Asheville, NC, he attended Penland School of Crafts. Initially, he intended to stay for a two month Concentration in Wood and Soda Fired Pottery with MacKenzie Smith, but two months turned into four years.
Currently, Ronan maintains Nine Toes Pottery, a ceramics studio in Chapel Hill, NC, which produces highly decorative and functional earthenware vessels. His work is drawn from processes of growth and decay in the natural world and translated into a ceramic comic book interpretation of both real and imagined phenomena. His ceramic vessels have been shown in local and national exhibitions and has been featured in both Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times, and the books 500 Bowls and 500 Plates and Chargers, which includes an image of his plates on the back cover.
Also an educator, Ronan taught for 10 years at local craft centers and ceramics studios in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham area of NC, and has recently taught workshops throughout the Southeastern United States, including at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
See Ronan’s blog at: http://ninetoespottery.blogspot.com/