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Peter Olson

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

BFA University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Peter Olson is a professional photographer known for the use of his sepia printed photographic transfers in fractal-like patterning on his wheel thrown ceramist vessel forms.  Olson’s work is frequently created in a series of varying sized covered jar forms with covers forming elaborate finials.  Common themes are scenes of real people in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. At times Olsen uses these images for social comment.  He also uses images referencing Renaissance and classical themes.

Olson intuitively designs his patterns by working from the center and outward in open vessel forms and around his more common covered jar forms. A finished ceramic work can contain anywhere from 40-900+ individual photographic images which can vary greatly in size from under an inch to several inches high. Each image may be repeated 100s of times on one object. This creates rich a narrative surface. The actual image ‘transfers’ are placed on the ceramic surface and burns off during firing. This leaves only the sepia iron oxide images on the finished work.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Olson Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Rothstein, Scott, “Playful and Informed.” Hand Eye Magazine, 2.25 (2015).

 

 

Typical Marks

‘Peter Olson’ is always in Helvetica type and always with a photo (image transfer)

2017
New York Series #2
Date: 2017
Form: Vessel
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Transfer or Decal Decorated
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 30, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/olson