Peter has been teaching as an Adjunct Instructor of Art at COCC for years. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Printmaking from The University of South Dakota and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Oregon.
ConXn: What is the first thing you read in the morning?
Peter: I go online to Slate headlines, Doosebury, then arts section. Then Breaking News at the Atlantic site. I usually read one article and bookmark longer pieces for later, which occasionaly get read.
ConXn: What newspaper and magazines do you subscribe to or read regularly? What do you read in print versus online versus mobile?
Peter: The Atlantic, Art in America, Art Forum, Book Forum, Dwell, Outside, and the Source as a ‘newspaper’. I read the New Yorker when I get a hand me down copy and check out Ceramics Monthy from the library. Most of these print sources have things online that I check once in a while, particularly Dwell and the Atlantic.
ConXn: What books have you recently read?
Peter: I read something from The Thinking Eye by Paul Klee nearly everyday. He systematically explicates visual thinking. Very dense but ultimately understandable in small doses. I’ve been at it for 5-6 years.
I recently re-read Animals, Men, and Myth by Richard Lewinsohn. It’s a natural history of the often bizarre relationship between humans and animals.
Korean Buncheoung Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is the current book I’m into.
Do any stand out? The Korean Buncheoung Ceramics is direct, fresh, whimsical and amazingly contemporary for work done in the 15th and 16th centuries.
ConXn: Has your reading of professional journals changed in the past 10 years? If so, how?
Peter: Art in America makes sense to me now but after 3-4 years I still have to wade through Art Forum. I think it is a publication geared toward art critics more than artists, but there is usually one or two lines per issue that resonate for me, so I keep plugging away. Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times are easily skimed by comparison.
ConXn: Do you use Twitter?
Peter: No. Those social media sites are probably valid but they scare me; they seem like time vampires.
ConXn: Do you blog?
ConXn: What are the guilty pleasures in your media diet?
Peter: Mystery short stories. I really enjoy a good longform article on practically anything but don’t allocate time to read them as much as I would like. David Foster Wallace’s, The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub, about John McCain’s primary campaign in 2000, is the last such story I’ve read.