Peter Beasecker


Cazenovia, New York



Peter Beasecker has exhibited extensively in national and international venues,
and his work is included in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Minneapolis Institute of Art,
and the Mint Museum in North Carolina. He has been a visiting artist and
workshop leader at over sixty institutions, including Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont
School of Arts and Crafts, Centro de Arte Curaumilla (Chile), Haystack Mountain
School of Crafts, and the Penland School of Crafts. He was the co-coordinator of
the Utilitarian Clay Symposium at Arrowmont from 1996 - 2016. He currently the
Ceramics Coordinator at Syracuse University and maintains a studio in
Cazenovia, New York.

Artist Statement

The relationships that most interest me right now are those found in such formal, well-worn
queries as transparency/opacity, vertical/horizontal, and symmetry/asymmetry - as negotiated
by intention and chance. As there is an increased premium on speed and efficiency, I feel more compelled to offer a slow and sometimes awkward experience, both in the reading and real use of a pot. Perhaps this is an antiquated and knee-jerk response for anyone involved with the production of a handmade object, and the inherent inefficiencies of time-intensive processes (at least mine). In response to the obsession with ‘fast’, I find myself more drawn to making the ‘slow’ object, such as a simple martini cup.


Available Work