James Lamar Peterson
I started my artistic career making jewellery, but I soon found out that nothing could match the life and spontaneity of the ceramic medium. I have not been able to wash the mud from my hands since. Most of my work incorporates clay birds in one form or another. I think birds are uniquely expressive and a slight twitch of the clay can produce a wholly different message.
Recent works have been inspired by national politics, wildlife documentaries and personal observations and frustrations concerning the environment.
Born 1944 in Gunnison, Utah, U.S.A.
1944 -1962 Travelled the world courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. I have lived in Hawaii, Bermuda,
Iceland, England and various more or less desirable parts of the U.S.A.
1962 - 1966 Studied Psychology and Psychoceramics at the University of Utah.
1966 - 1971 Studied Psychology and Mind-Altering Experiences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
1969 Married Candida Clifford.
1971 - 1975 Studied School Psychology and tried to keep from freezing to death in DeKalb, Illinois.
1975 - 1981 Escaped to Perth, West Australia and taught Psychology to a lot of people who didn't want to learn
1980 Became an Australian citizen.
1982 - 1983 Decided that there was more to life than teaching Psychology to people who didn't want to learn Psychology, so dropped out and began a voyage of self-discovery.
1985 - 1990 Discovered art at Claremont Art School in Perth.
1991 Discovered myself in Brisbane and began working full-time as an artist.
1992 - Now My work is represented in galleries in Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and in collections across Australia
James has continued to exhibit and teach until recent times when health issues have curtailed his work with ceramics.
Throughout his career, his works have found a wide audience and he has been commissioned by as varied places as Brett's Wharf in Brisbane to the Southport Hospital, Gold Coast. He has been the recipient of awards from across the country.
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