Doug Peltzman

Making Pots: Work>Play>Repeat

June 15th & 19th, 2020

This is a workshop fit for beginner to experienced makers who wish to expand their pottery vocabulary. We will focus in on designing and making various types of pots for daily use. The relationship between form and surface decoration will be explored through practice, demonstration and discussion. Doug will share his methodologies on carving and inlaying slip into leather hard clay. We will discuss the meaning and intention behind the pots we make and look to “play” as a way to explore new ideas. This class will provide an array of tools and techniques for using texture, line, and color in your work as well. Taking your ideas and concepts to the next level can be tricky, together we can share our experiences and help push each other to develop our work beyond our expectations.

Doug Peltzman earned his MFA from Penn State in 2010 and has been a full time studio potter since graduating. In 2016 he established a pottery studio with his wife, Pam Peltzman in Shokan, NY. He is a father to three young children, and a dedicated husband. Doug is a founding member of Objective Clay and creator/organizer of the Hudson Valley Pottery Tour. He has taught at Auburn University and Hanford Art School, and has taught numerous workshops nationwide. He is a founding member of Objective Clay, and his work has been featured in Studio Potter and many other publications.


My overarching goal as a maker is to craft ceramic objects that tell a story and serve as a conduit for conversation, interaction, and celebration. Process and intention feed my artistic practice. I search for meaning through the act of seeing, working and repeating. The formal, textural, and drawn language in my work serves to heighten the perception of, and sensitivity to objects in domestic space. My relationship to making is deeply personal. I believe pottery has the power to transcend its nature and universally connect in profound ways. I create utilitarian objects to bring focus to this intimate intersection between art and life.