Peter was not a sadistic bastard, in fact far from it. He is a wonderful artist, patient teacher, and all round fine fellow. I've been thinking a lot about the circle assignment while working out the patterns on my shellac resist teabowls, and by extension, about how influential Peter Thomas was on my life as an artist. Nearly 18 years later, I am using the circle game to help match, and eliminate patterns, to look at objects differently and to find beauty in the mundane.That Instructor was Peter Thomas, who was also my first pottery instructor and as it turned out,
I learned more from that circle project and from Peter than from anything else my entire time in art school. I hope that he knows how much I appreciate his patience, and guidance, and the fact that he never once said that being a potter was a poor choice for a person with one hand.
Thank You Peter, I toast you, with a fine New Brunswick Beer, In a tea bowl made by you.