Another type of boat builder is David Riley Peterson

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The birth of David Riley Peterson's boats was interesting. Saying “one leads to another” is an understatement, but still this is the best way to describe his moment “AH-HA”.

Riley explains: “I was asked to make an olive tray for a local gift shop. Not seeing this a lot of problems, I put off until the third request. I returned to my workshop and, reluctantly, rolled out a small thin clay slab, folded it in a simple tray and connected it at the ends. It was a waste of my amazing talent. ” He looked at him with dismay and disgust, turning a small pod. “I held it in my hands, and the moment came“ AH-HA. " Clay spoke, and in a meek, shy voice, she said: "I want to be a boat." From that moment on, I’m a dedicated (clay) boat builder, ”Peterson laughs.

His past and present mix love of boats with playing in the mud. He was the first to admit that clay simply corresponded to his personality. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was always reprimanded for playing every puddle he could find. In childhood, there were no art lessons at school, not to mention ceramics.

“I did not know what clay was until I went to college. My hostel at the University of Florida was across the street from the Department of Ceramics. I was always curious that a group of students who came in and out of the building in dirty jeans or torn shorts covered each part of the body with clay; so I researched, ”says Peterson. “What I discovered instantly changed my life, and I could hardly wait for the next semester to enroll in my first ceramics lesson; "Introduction to clay." I was not disappointed. "

Peterson graduated with a degree in Ceramics / Sculpture, owned his own studio and taught. Since 1984, he has also been president of Peterson Marine Surveys. Two careers that seem completely different, Peterson actually merges into one life.

Peterson's father was from Maine, and in the summer the family often traveled north. He remembers how he spent this time playing with boats. “Maine is a true fishing community. They used morons for fishing and pulling up nets, and the like, but mostly lobsters. These boats were cult watercraft many years ago. ” Adding Maine's paintings and sculptures to the list of Peterson's galleries was not easy. His boats fit perfectly between images of seascapes and rocky shores. The quality of life that he brings to his clay captures both locals and tourists alike, and is a wonderful reminder of life in Maine.

Come and see David Riley Peterson’s work in person at the Maine Art Gallery Gallery on West Avenue, 14 The show with his work will last until September 26th. We are open all year and we always have Peterson's incredible creations. You can also see his work on our website on his page by artist David Riley Peterson in Maine Art Hill. If you have any questions, please feel free to call. 207-967-2803.

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