18 Mar Meet Angi Peterson, Arts Gala Feature Artist
I grew up in South Dakota and always had a love for pottery. During college I remember walking past a handmade brick kiln outside the art building and being drawn to it. In those years I was busy working on a B.S. degree in Plant Pathology at South Dakota State University and only dreamed of what could happen within those brick walls.
Twenty years later I took my first pottery class at the Morton Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. I was in love with the first spin of the wheel. Through local classes, workshops and being self taught with the aid of books and the Internet I have learned to turn humble mud into pieces of pottery. The techniques I work with are far ranging. I make functional pieces on the wheel or by hand that one can use every day. Pieces that are decorative involving horse hair, feathers, outdoor pit firings, and dipping hot pots in fermenting flour solutions to achieve amazing natural designs on pottery.
Pottery is art that is an active participant in the owners life. Pottery does not only want to be looked at it draws one into touching and holding it. Even the simple mug is a piece of art. One looks at it, holds it, puts in a beverage that compliments its form and function. This participation of the mug and the owner create art every time it is used.
After teaching at the Morton Center for over 6 years I have built a small studio at my house and make pottery for myself, family, friends, and to sell. The pleasure I take in making pottery is rewarded when you see the pleaser on people’s faces when they look at it, hold it and admire how humble ball of mud has evolved into a piece of pottery.