Arcott, Peter

Peter Arscott is a painter and ceramicist. He was born in Lima, Peru, and came to school in England when he was thirteen. Peter studied at Bristol University before moving to Barcelona where he taught and had a number of group and solo shows. In 1983 Peter moved to London, working as a Blue Badge Guide and exhibiting at various galleries including, on several occasions, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Peter now has a studio in Ledbury and is a founder and director of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Peter uses either grogged porcelain or stoneware, fired to nearly thirteen hundred degrees, to create his stunning ceramic pieces. Once fired, Peter paints the surface of each piece with brush marks, patterns, drips and smudges, making each one unique.

‘In music, especially in jazz, syncopation involves a variety of rhythms which are in some way unexpected, thus making a tune off-beat. Similarly, some of my pieces have a singular lop-sided stance; improvisation takes place either in cutting out the rolled clay shapes, or later when painting oxides onto their surfaces’.

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