Meet the Crafters: Eastwood Pottery
Peter Eastwood is an NSCAD grad, originally from Moncton, now living just outside Halifax where he balances his ceramic work and running his own design/web marketing company. “I enjoy being able to use both sides of my brain” says Peter. “It creates a nice balance of analytical, computer work and creative, heart work.” We can’t wait to see all that heart work next weekend at Halifax Crafter’s Winter Show where Eastwood Pottery will be showcased for the first time as a Fresh Catch vendor! Read on to find out more.
What do you make?
I make hand-thrown and hand-built pottery and ceramic work. My work is made for daily use around the home. Items include mugs, bowls, platters, vases etc. and hand built items and ornaments.
How did you learn your craft?
I attended NSCAD from 1992–1996 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Ceramics studying under Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. I spent time in China, France and the USA, learning and working with Ceramics. After a twenty year hiatus, I have returned to my craft.
Tell us about your process.
I work with porcelain clay and mostly on the potter’s wheel. I work in small batches and each of my pieces goes through a bisque firing and then a glaze firing to 2,200 degrees. I formulate and make my own glazes, and enjoy playing with the fluidity, capturing the movement just before it cools.
What inspires your process?
I love living in Nova Scotia. The colours of each season are so rich and inspiring. Our family spends a lot of time in the water during the summer, so many of my glaze combinations have been influenced by the colours of the ocean. One glaze also draws inspiration from the beautiful fall landscapes that Nova Scotia is known for.
What is the best thing and the hardest thing about what you do?
The best thing about doing my craft is the joy that it gives me. Even if the day has been long, sneaking into my studio for a few hours is life-giving. I love working with my hands.
The hardest thing about what I do is working within the busyness of life. Working part-time in a ceramic studio is difficult because clay is very time sensitive. Ceramics can also be unforgiving. Work can dry too fast, glaze can be applied to thick or thin. Pottery is technical and requires a lot of patience.
Anything else you want people to know about your work?
Since starting Eastwood Pottery my ideas seem to be endless. I expect my work to change over time as I continue to experiment and explore my ideas. I love to test out new forms and new glazes and colour combinations. I enjoy the technical aspects of ceramics and plan on taking on some more challenging work in the coming year.
Make sure to visit Peter at the show and also find his work online at www.eastwoodpottery.com and on instagram @eastwoodpottery.
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