Spotlight On: Peter Sheldon Ceramics

Recently I had the exciting opportunity to host a trunk show for talented up and coming ceramic artist Peter Sheldon Ceramics at my design firm’s San Francisco storefront, Anyon Atelier.  Based in the hip Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, Peter Sheldon and his business partner and girlfriend, Ellen Woglom make up the creative duo behind the classic forms and fresh color palette of their latest “California Collection”.  I was especially excited to showcase PSC because I have been following Peter’s work for years as he is a close family friend, and his partner, my stepsister Ellen, has always had a great eye for design.

Trunk Show

When Pete and Ellen rolled up to our store on the morning of the show (after a harrowing drive from LA that involved a broken down truck, a tow across a pot hole-riddled back road, and a rental van) I was thrilled to finally see the collection in person after weeks of anticipation.  As you can see below in images from the event, the white, celadon, and blue porcelain and stoneware pieces in the “California Collection” are each pieces of art- all individually and painstakingly designed, thrown, fired, and glazed with colors mixed from scratch.

Bud Vases

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When Peter describes his studio practice you can tell how much time, careful thought, and hard work went into producing every one his creations.  Ellen’s collaborative voice in editing and marketing the collection lends the pieces an effortless ease-  the silhouettes and dreamy colors fit seamlessly into the well-curated kitchen or interior space.  One of my favorite pieces, pictured below, is a generously-proportioned bowl with a “lava glaze” finish, which gives the piece a highly-textured surface.

Lava Glaze

Peter Sheldon is currently the Studio Artist in residence at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, CA.  PSC works have been showcased at Pine and Crane, an LA-based restaurant, and several galleries and shops throughout California including Anyon Atelier in San Francisco.  Pieces are currently available for sale online through Petersheldonceramics.com, and Etsy.

This article was written by Sarah Freihofer of Anyon Design in San Francisco. 

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