Richard Peterson | Episode 176
Richard Peterson is currently working on his MFA candidacy at The University of Arkansas, and received a BFA at the University of Akron in Ohio. Richard has spent almost all of his life within Northeast Ohio, which is where most of Richard’s narrative is based. Recently Richard dove into graduate school headfirst where he is currently continuing his education and expansion as an artist, as well as an individual. Richard’s work has been published in Clay Times December 2014 issue, Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces and Printed Image Transfer Techniques (Lark Books 2015). and will be published in American Craft Magazine in Feb-March of 2016.
Richard has also had the privilege to have his work shown at Charlie Cummings Gallery, Forum Artspace, AKAR Gallery, Red Star Studios, Baltimore Clayworks, Morean Art Center, and awarded Honorable Mention at “Drink This” juried by Sam Chung at Workhouse Ceramics in Virginia.
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Do you feel that creativity is something that is innate or something that is developed?
I think everybody is creative. All children are creative so maybe it’s something that is learned to settle down or not pay as much attention to it when you get older.
How do you define creativity?
I don’t know, you are asking the wrong dude!
I am currently creatively trying to find the best way to communicate a narrative. There are so many different stages of creativity and levels of creativity where I don’t necessarily think there is a one way for someone to be creative.
Did other people accept your work at first or did it take some time and effort on your part to be recognized?
I didn’t even accept my work at first. I had to get to the point where I thought: O.K.. this is it. This is where I am.
Describe your state of mind when you are in the “zone” creating?
It’s the only time I am ever not thinking. So therefore, when I am making I am kind of at peace. Otherwise I am constantly in my head which sometimes isn’t the best place to be.
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If you could be a superhero, what super powers would you have?
I don’t think I would. I would probably opt out. It would make you unappreciative of everything else.