David Peters was born and raised in Amarillo Texas where he began making pots about thirteen years ago. He earned his bachelors of art from Utah State University where he discovered a love for historical ceramics and wood firing. Upon graduating he became a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana where he began using local materials for his work, which has now become the corner stone of his practice. He is now completing his graduate work at Montana State University where he continues to study and experiment with indigenous ceramic materials, while also exploring the potential of CAD, and innovative kiln design.
I use the indigenous clays, rocks, and trees of Montana to create my work, with each having their own distinctive qualities. By digging, processing, and milling my clays by hand, I gain an intimate knowledge of each material’s characteristics. This allows me to become more sensitive to each one\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s unique potential, as well as to realize the beauty hidden within its limitations. This intimacy with process and material shapes the way that I approach the forming of my work, and how I fire as well.
I strive for stony matte surfaces that evoke the passage of geologic time rather than the mere exposure to extreme heat. My forms are distilled and refined, offering a contrast to the violence and chaos of wood fired surface, creating harmonious tension. This tension evokes a feeling of authority, which is not lost, but accentuated by the battered surface.
MFA (Candidate) Present Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
BFA 2007 Utah State University, Logan, UT
BFA (Candidate) 2003 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Professional Experience and Additional Education
Workshop Instructor, Can You Dig It? Discovering Local Clay. Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT