Featured Artist Peter Cunicelli

Philadelphia artist Peter Cunicelli creates dramatic clay vessels that are functional, yet stand alone as pieces of art. See more of his portfolio by visiting his website.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Red Tulip Vase” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 14” x 10” x 10”

 

I live in Philadelphia and have been a ceramic artist for twenty-one years. During this time, I have worked to master my style and craft.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Jewel Twisted Bottle” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 13” x 9” x 9”

 

I began by taking throwing classes at a local art center, where I soon discovered a love for hand building instead.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Chartreuse Low Vase” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 12” x 9” x 9”

 

I began to explore forms by taking traditional forms and building four-sided, angled pieces. I continued working at the art center for another four years until I finally got a studio of my own.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Jewel Contra-Twisted Vase” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 16” x 10” x 10”

 

Once on my own, I started exploring other clay bodies (porcelain, high fire stoneware, mid fire stoneware, Basalt and low fire terra cotta) as well as various firing techniques like Raku, wood firing, soda firing, oxidation and reduction.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Red Twisted Bottle” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 17” x 12” x 12”

 

I develop my clay pieces to express not just their actual form, but also the space around them. I like playing with shadows and movement. During the last five years I have really worked on sharpening my altering skills. I pull out and push in to create dramatic shadows that are as important to the form as its lines.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Yellow Chubby Vase” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 9” x 11” x 11”

 

I work to create forms that are bold and dynamic. I try to walk a fine line between art and craft and am constantly trying to grow as an artist. Most of my work is functional, but my forms can also sit alone as a piece of art.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Jewel Urn” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 19” x 12” x 12”

 

I am interested in building and expanding the process of creating forms that are balanced and yet push the boundaries between the dramatic and the refined.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“White Vase” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 13” x 10” x 10”

 

Due to Covid-19, no scheduled shows, and a lack of space to store work, I’ve decided to transition to using porcelain. My forms take a few hours to form. The stoneware forms are thicker and more substantial, but the clay isn’t as temperamental.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Chartreuse Tulip Vase” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 11” x 9” x 9”

 

The thickness of the porcelain slabs is between 1/8 and ¼ inch—very thin. I want to take advantage of the translucency of porcelain, but am working on first mastering assembling them without them drying too fast or cracking.

 

brown stoneware vessel by Peter Cunicelli

“Red Stout Vase” hand built, mid-fire brown stoneware, 10” x 10” x 10”

 

Production is slow but it’s the most gratifying work I have done in a while. I thrive on the challenge.

 

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