Opening reception, November 6, 6:00 – 9:00
Andrea Peterson is an artist and educator based in Laporte, Indiana. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1994 and BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently teaches papermaking and book arts from her studio Hook Pottery Paper and abroad. ap2webShe co-operates Hook Pottery Paper, which is a joint venture with her husband ceramic artist, Jon Hook. At this studio she creates her artwork, conducts paper research and production paper that is sold internationally. She is a 2014/15 grant recipient from the Indiana Arts Commission.
She creates paper art works and relief printed images on handmade sheets of paper that have utilized pulp-drawing techniques. She also creates site-specific installation work and book art pieces. She combines these efforts to make works that address human relationship to the environment Most of her work can be found in private collections as a well as corporate collections such as Hollister clothing, Chicago. Her worked has been exhibited internationally such as Deggendorf Museum, Germany, Steyermuhl Paper Museum, Austria, Scoula di Grafica, Venice, Italy; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN, Columbia College Chicago Book and Paper Center, IL, Frankfurt Library, IN; Lubeznik Art Center, Michigan City, IN. She has conducted workshops and lectures at Paper Museum in Steyermuhl, Austria, University Georgia Athens – Cortona, Italy,; Scoula di Grafica, Venice, Italy; University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY; Friends of Dard Hunter national papermaking conferences.
Studio ceramic artist, Jon Hook, creates sculptural work and functional pottery. Jon‘s work is in numerable private collections. He exhibits his work nationally as well as his own gallery in Laporte, Indiana. He has built his own kiln in which he only fires with wood. The wood firing for Jon is a passion. He finds that wood firing is an intense and industrious process that is invigorating and exciting. It is important to him to live as close in harmony that he can with his surrounding environment. He creates glazes from the ash of his wood stove that heats his studio and collects rain water in barrels to use in the studio. The work that is produced is like no other due to the wood fly ash and plant fiber introduced into the glaze chamber during firing to high temperatures.