Ronan Peterson, Hornet’s cut bowl, 2011, earthenware, 6 x 9 x 3 in. Photo: Fancy Rondo Prod.
There is a great article in American Craft on Ronan Peterson this month if you get a chance to read it!
Stones. piles of leaves. Fallen branches covered with lichen. Those were Ronan Peterson’s toys, plentiful in the woods surrounding his family’s home high in the North Carolina mountains.
“I was outside all the time,” says Peterson, who still lives in a wooded area, now in Chapel Hill with his wife and two sons. “In the mountains in the summer, everything is green and full and fluffy, but in the winter it’s skeletal and unforgiving.”
On the dense surface of his intensively decorative pottery, Peterson aims to embrace growth and decay through layering patterns, colors, and textures on red earthenware clay. An exuberant burst of green might be offset by a swath of dark circles; a sea of dancing dots is partly obscured by a patch of crawling glaze, its crackles resembling the lichen of his youth.
- See more at: http://craftcouncil.org/magazine/article/down-earth#comment-form