John PeetOctober 4, 2019
Ornament Making @ MedaltaNovember 2, 2019
I started to work seriously in clay in 2009 at De Anza College. I was passionate about ceramics as an artform but I didn’t view it as a career. Three years ago I took the plunge and enrolled at San Jose State University where my studies focused primarily on ceramics and metalsmithing. I graduated last fall with my BFA in Spatial Art. I’m fascinated with clay as a material, and with glaze chemistry. My hope, postundergrad, is to continue my journey of exploration and discovery as well as to develop my own artistic voice.
My current body of work is an exploration into ceramic materials- merging art with science. I craft elemental forms inspired by meteorites and asteroids. My glazes are based upon soil and rock collected by the Apollo Moon missions and analyzed in situ by NASA probes on Mars. By mixing precise amounts of terrestrial materials to match the mineralogy of these NASA samples, I create glazes chemically identical to the extraterrestrial landscapes. I imagine them being plucked from a far-flung future– when pots are made on the moon. When humanity sets foot on Mars, what art will we make?