Peter Beasecker June 20-24

Peter Beasecker
Pots, A Closer Look
June 20 - 24

Prior wheel-throwing experience necessary (confidence in throwing an 8” cylinder).

Peter Beasecker’s work represents “an ongoing dialogue revolving around ideas of order/symmetry, containment/community, and history/weight.” His personal challenge has been to create functionally based ceramic forms that display elegance, clarity and restraint. This workshop will focus on the mechanics of making a better pot while paying close attention to the formal properties of pottery form. Peter will demonstrate techniques to improve skills, as well as present and discuss contemporary and historical pots to sharpen the eye. The overall objective of the week will be to make a new pot that has a personal point of view. To get the most out of this workshop, students will be asked to have an open mind and to take risks. Dry work will be bisqued. 


Peter Beasecker received his Bachelor of Science from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and his MFA from the NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, NY. He taught for 17 years at SMU in Dallas, and currently teaches ceramics and graduate studies at Syracuse University. He has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career, most recently being named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow for 2015. Peter has exhibited extensively in national and international venues, and his work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Mint Museum in North Carolina. He has been a visiting artist and workshop leader at over seventy institutions, and is the co-coordinator of the Utilitarian Clay Symposium at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He maintains a studio in Cazenovia, New York.

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