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Peterson began turning in 1979 at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington. His early career was heavily influenced by the work of David Ellsworth and Ed Moulthrop, but now he calls nature his greatest influence. After an invitation from Ellsworth, Peterson became a teacher at the Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. He works primarily in dried Locust burl. When using the lather, he does not try "to form a bowl or vessel. Rather, he is determining whether an exterior or interior bowl-type configuration is within the context of what he thinks the piece will evolve to; whether or not vessel hollowing or exterior treatments will contribute to the design."
Navaho Land, Landscape Series Wind Drift/ Sea Drift The Kimona
Untitled Water Way Course, Landscape Series Tusk from the Coastal Series