Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Love Series

Piers and I didn't have much time off to get married, and we didn't take a honeymoon. Piers's shoulder injury took up most of our attention, as well as getting back to work. So I decided to do a series of vases to illustrate some of the sweet texts Piers sends me. I wrote Piers a real love letter once, but otherwise we send each other thoughtful messages and haiku via cell phone. Here are the first three vases, titled "Reverie," "Endless," and "Love Letter." These are in their unfired state, 11"-14" high. I'm still thinking about glazes.

It is sunny, rainy and beautiful, and reminded me of you
How do I love thee/Let me count the ways

Love Letter
Front text: Sitting among my papers/Sitting like/a madman among my papers/coffee and papers/papers
Back text: My god - and thinking of you!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Here we are!

Hello and welcome to our blog! Piers and Iris Peterson are sharing a space to post thoughts and progress on the art we create individually and together.

Please visit Iris's gallery at, to check out photos of our work.

Iris: I am a ceramic artist, working on and off the wheel. My pottery is functional: mugs, bowls, teapots, and the like. Sometimes I leave the shape very simple; other times, I carve most of the surface. I enjoy how the fast pace of throwing complements the thoughtful patience of hand building. I use thick coils to build large shapes, most recently incorporating text and human imagery.

Piers: I look for artistic forms in nature and try to incorporate them into everyday living. Most often, this is in the form of furniture or ceramic/wood fusion in union with Iris's mudwork. I am staining our new dining room table, and just finished our latest collaborative piece last week.