Peter Jones

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Artist Statement

I was “introduced” to my two passions in life, pottery and cave exploration, at an early age in 1961 during a trip to California. Two years later, I threw my first pot in a 9th grade arts and crafts class and loved it from the first moment. I “returned” to pottery as a senior at Denver University in 1971, fell into the clay vortex and never came back out again.

I work in stoneware and porcelain clays and fire to cone 10 in a 100 cubic foot gas-fired kiln. I market my work primarily through fine art and craft shows around the country. Although I live in Camden, Maine, I have strong connections to New Mexico and consider it my home as much as is Maine.

My first trip to New Mexico came in 1969 when my passion for cave exploration took me to the Guadalupe Mountains, home to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. I’ve been caving and photographing throughout that mountain range ever since then. Eventually, I brought my new found love for making pots to New Mexico and began teaching workshops, particularly at The Pottery Studio in the city of Carlsbad. In 2012, I did a fundraising project at Carlsbad Caverns National Park which combined my two passions of pottery and caving. I set up a borrowed potters wheel in the Visitors Center for four days, brought fifty pre-made “Carlsbad Cavern Donation Mugs” (minimum donation of $25 directly to the Park) with me, along with my own work. I will be doing a similar event in 2016 over the Fourth of July weekend and will elaborate on that in The Slip Trail as the time approaches.

As much as Maine and New Mexico are extreme opposites from one another, I love both places equally. My work has a strong Southwestern influence to it that comes from my time spent in New Mexico since 1969. While I don’t expect people to come to my studio on their tour of New Mexico potters (it’s just a bit out of the way….), my studio and work is open to all who care to see it. Peter Jones at Sheel, CACA

Contact Information:

Peter Jones
Mountain Street Pottery
80 Mountain Street, Camden, Maine 04843