John Peterson

John Peterson is a noted potter and teacher throughout the midwest and beyond. What began as a strong interest in high school became a college obsession at Ball State University, where he studied under Marvin Reichle. Eventually, Peterson’s commitment “to making well-designed, functional pots”  was a lifestyle. In that rich tradition, Peterson, along with friend Alan Patrick built and opened Bethel Pike Pottery in 1968. Four years later, Peterson moved his studio next door and continued the life of a full-time artisan, earning numerous exhibit invitations along the way. John continues to produce while maintaining a series of weekly classes in the art of making honest pottery.

I’m a representative of the Crafts Movement of the late 60s, having worked in that tradition for 30 years. I have spent my career trying to make honest, straightforward work in the tradition of British studio potter Bernard Leach, or regionally, of Byron Temple, who I knew and followed.