Peter Karner

"My home and studio are located in central Denver, Colorado. Working full-time, I produce six bodies of work a year. Each body of work offers me the chance to explore new ideas and refine existing ones. I’m intrigued by the marriage of form and decoration. In striving to integrate these in each pot, I have the opportunity to create work that is both timeless and modern."

Peter Karner creates stoneware pots using wheel-throwing, altering, and hand-building techniques. To achieve visual depth in his patterns, he employs five elements. Four of these—wax resist, latex, dipping, and brushwork—are applied to bisqued pots. The pots are then fired at a high temperature in a heavy reduction atmosphere with the intent of trapping carbon in the base glaze. It is trapped carbon that is the fifth and random element. Each pot is designed to serve a functional purpose and is compatible with modern appliances.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
For the House and Garden, Pewabuic Pottery, Detroit, MI, 2007
Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, AZ (Second Place Ceramics), 2007
40 under 40, The Clay Place, Carnegie, PA, 2007
Holidazzle, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Earthly Treasures, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI, 2006
Celebration of American Crafts, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, 2006
Tea Pots 2006, A National Invitational, Spruce Creek Gallery, Nellysford, VA, 2006
Teapot Invitational, Gallery 423, Columbus, IN, 2006
Teapot Invitational, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2006
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD, 2006
Platitudes Invitational, Worchester Center for Craft, Worchester, MA, 2005
American Craft Council Show, San Francisco, CA, 2005