Peter Shire | A Lamp, 3 Tables and a Teapot

Teapot (Untitled), 1985
16″ x 16″ x 6″

Installation View

Table (Untitled), 1987
20″ x 16″ x 27″

Table (Untitled), 1987
31″ x 27″ x 17″

Table (Untitled), 1987
27″ x 16″ x 24″

Lamp (Untitled), 2011
72″ x 50″ x 20″

Shop Exhibit #2
Peter Shire
“A Lamp, 2 Tables and a Teapot”
June 25 – July 24, 2011

Since the 1970’s, Peter Shire (b. 1947) has been working at an intersection. Where craft, fine art, and industrial design collide, he has built his career, drawing freely from each area without taking any of it too seriously. He has had forays into architecture, furniture, and fashion, but he keeps returning to ceramics. Like his home and studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Echo Park, clay is one medium he knows he will never leave.

Shire’s early teapots were also significant because they attracted the eye of Ettore Sottsass, one of the founders of Memphis, an international design movement that came out of Italy during the 1980’s. Sottsass found Shire’s teapots “fresh, witty, and full of information for the future”, and the members of Memphis agreed. The group, which sought to revitalize design by rejecting conventional standards in favor of a bold, colorful, novel approach to product design, invited Shire to Milan to work with them. This lead to a series of projects that toyed with the intersections of industrial design and fine art, and gave Shire the opportunity to work in glass, metal and other new mediums.