David Peters, 2009 Matsutani Fellow
and raised in Amarillo Texas, David PETERS spent much of his
childhood camping and exploring the rugged nature of the Southwest.
There he became interested in Native American art, particularly
in how spiritual beliefs were expressed in everyday objects.
Through watching his mother sewing quilts and helping his father
to build cabinets, David realized a deep satisfaction from
the integration of both beauty and purpose. Soon after he began
studying ceramics he discovered a love for Asian art. These
interests lead him to China where he studied ceramics in Jingdezhen
for a semester. Most recently he received his BFA from Utah
State University in Logan where he researched the historical
Korean and Japanese wares.
"It is my hope that my work facilitates the appreciation
of a good meal, and marks the importance of time spent with
others. The historical foundation of my work reminds us that
these simple things are timeless, an essential part of what
it means to be human."