Pete Glarborg & His Passion For Pottery

Pete Glarborg & His Passion For Pottery


(upbeat music) – I have discovered that
ceramics is an amazing field. It’s just incredible
the variety, the endless possibilities,
the history, – [Voiceover] That’s
my friend Pete, in the 20 years
that I’ve known him, he’s always had great
affection for classical music, – The violin concerto
from Samuel Barber who– – [Voiceover] And
making pottery. – As a high school student
I was always in band, I envied my friends
who were in wood shop. And turning on
the wheel, to me, was finally something
I could get to do that I saw them doing to wood and I was doing it to clay. – [Voiceover] Now late in
his radio production career, the two seem to be converging. – I just sort of automatically
kind of landed on things that I was good at
doing, like in radio I wound up in productions
which is my strongest feature. About two years ago
some friends of mine, I had given them a little
honey pot that I made for Christmas and I saw
them a few weeks later and they said, you know what
we really what is a growler. I just started making
them and it was a process trying to get them
the right size, get them the right shape, get the handle to
feel the way it should and not to heavy,
not too light. I’ve made, maybe 40 of them now, 50, I’m
not sure how many I’ve made but I’m starting to get
after a couple of years, get a handle on how to
make them correctly. Yeah that feels about right. I can’t really define my
personal aesthetic yet. I have some design
elements that I’ve tried to keep at the top of my mind. Number one, the golden ratio, which comes from
the Ancient Greeks. I like to incorporate botany. When I was in high school
I took a botany class that had a huge
influence on my life. I love the patterns. Many people like
animals, I like plants. So I actually did not
touch clay for 24 years and in 2009, I decided you know,
I really miss that. And I really miss
the creative part. I really miss, it’s fun. Okay, I got the water
out of the bottom. One of the things that
I had always wanted to get into was Raku firing. So I built a little Raku
kiln out of a 55 gallon drum and I lined it with
ceramic insolation and I started
making pots by hand and firing them
with a weed burner. And a year or two
later, I started coming into The Clay Connection
here in Spokane and started throwing
things on the wheel and rekindled my
love of pottery. For me, classical
music and pottery both do kind of the same thing, and that is connect
me with the past. Because some of
the things we hear that are just, oh yeah
it’s Mozart whatever, in its day was radical and just astounded the
people who heard it. And the same thing
with pottery. You know, the people who
have been making pottery for literally thousands of
years were fantastic artisans and artists and creators
of beautiful things and artists and creators
of beautiful things thousands of years ago and
so it just makes me feel really connected to all that.

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