Doug Peltzman is a full time studio potter residing in Shokan, New York, a small town nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. After years of studying painting at SVA and Pratt, Doug came to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at SUNY New Paltz in 2005. In 2010, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Penn State. He has had the honor of being both a juror and curator of national exhibtions. He has taught workshops at many art centers and universities across the U.S, including Arrowmont, Peters Valley, Goggleworks, Augusta Heritage Center, The Clay Art Center, Snow Farm, Idyllwild, UNT, SUNY New Paltz, Edinboro University, UCONN, The Clay Studio and The Art School at Old Church. Doug is also a founding member of Objective Clay. His pottery has been featured in many publications and can be found in homes and kitchens across the country.
"My overarching goal as a maker is to craft ceramic objects that tell a story and serve as a conduit for conversation, interaction, and celebration. The work is part bystander and part active participant, advocating for slow time and adding a layer of meaning and pleasure to daily life. Process and intention feed my artistic practice. The formal, tactile, and visual language evident in my work acts as a catalyst to heighten the perception of and sensitivity to objects in domestic space. My desire to make architectural forms contrasted with soft attachments (i.e. handles and knobs) generates tension and harmony, simultaneously. On the surface, lines, dots, dashes, texture, and color are composed to create symbolism and depth. Marks are blurred and enhanced by the phenomena of glaze and the contrast of saturated color. My relationship to making is deeply personal, as is one’s relationship to a good handmade cup. It has the power to transcend its function and universally connect in profound ways. I create highly crafted utilitarian objects to bring focus to this intimate intersection between art and life."
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*All work is high fire glazed or unglazed porcelain with inlaid color slips, 2014.