"I have been completely drawn in and seduced by hot glass. I am fascinated by the endless possibilities this material has to offer. I love working with color and surface, gesture and form. Some of my major influences include William Morris, for his incredible surface treatments, Dale Chihuly, for his use of color, and traditional Japanese potters for their simple, almost primitive, but very elegant forms. I've been fascinated by all types of indigenous arts for years, especially Native American, African, and Pre-Columbian Art. All of these influences combine to help shape the statements that I wish to express. The trick now is to get the vision from my head, through my hands, and into glass. A few degrees here or there, a millimeter's difference in thickness and the results can vary widely from piece to piece. That's the challenge of glass and I'm loving every minute of it." ~ Peter Wright
After twenty years in commercial construction, beginning in Vail and ending in Chicago, Peter Wright says, "I began to seek alternatives for the second half of my life." In 1994, his life-long interest in art led him to found Wright Publishing Company. In this endeavor, Wright partners with artists to produce and market limited edition fine art; primarily bronze sculptures. The artists work in many media, including clay, wood, and stone, which Wright re-produces in bronze. In 2000, renowned glass sculptor William Morris joined this group of artists and Wright was introduced to the world of art glass at the highest level. He spent countless hours watching hot glass being shaped into amazing forms. Ultimately, he realized that the best way to truly understand glass was to learn to work with it himself. He was “completely drawn in and seduced by hot glass” and that same year he began studying at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.
As a young man in Chicago, where he was born in 1951, Peter Wright spent time exploring the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History. He started collecting masks at age 15 beginning with African masks. His passion quickly extended to Indonesian, Native American, and Nepalese masks. As a budding artist, Peter’s interest in global cultures expanded. He furthered his knowledge of indigenous people through reading stories and mythologies that sparked his imagination. He further engaged his curiosity of materials and learning more about ancient technologies. Now, 50 years later, Peter not only is an avid collector of objects, he passionately continues his research and observations. Peter investigates hand-made tools, icons, idols, ceremonial vessels, and regalia of early cultures of the world. These images inspire him. It’s a lifetime of looking to develop the imagery he uses today.
Peter Wright’s sculptures come to life in the hot shop. The artist blows forms, exploring shapes and applying multiple layers of color. He hot sculpts all of his blown forms in a well-choreographed dance with his team. The shapes manifest as masks, ladders, spirit jars, ulus, totems, fetishes, botanicals, and vessel forms. After his forms come into being, the artist will etch or incise the surface to reveal inner layers. One might find his blown figures cradled in a graceful metal stand offering the viewer an exquisite presentation.
Education 2011 Private WorkshopSanta Fe, NMRoss Richmond, Instructor 2010 Penland School of CraftsMarc Petrovic and Ross Richmond, Instructors 2009 Pilchuck Glass SchoolShelley and Rik Allen, Instructors 2008 Pilchuck Glass School Randy Walker, Instructor 2007 Pilchuck Glass School Paula Stokes, Instructor Exhibitions 2019 Member Exhibition Glass Art Society Morean Arts CenterSt. Petersburg, FL March 9 - April 26, 2019 2018SOFABender Gallery Chicago, IL November 1 - 4, 2018 Force of Nature Winterowd Fine Art Santa Fe, NMJuly 20 - 31, 2018 In Dialogue With Nature:Glass In The GardensMarie Selby Botanical Gardens Sarasota, FLJuly 14 - September 2, 2018 2017 SOFAWinterowd Fine Art Chicago, IL November 2 - 5, 2017 Spirit JourneyPeter Wright and Hib Sabin Mockingbird GalleryBend, ORApril 7 - May 4, 2017 2016SOFAWinterowd Fine Art Chicago, IL November 3 - 6, 2016 Reflecting Nature Peter Wright Winterowd Fine Art Santa Fe, NM July 1 - 15, 2016 Contempo: The New West Tucson Desert Art Museum Four Corners Gallery Tucson, AZMarch 11 - April 30, 2016Slices of LifeFlorida CraftArtSt. Petersburg, FLMarch 4 - April 23, 2016 2015 SOFAWinterowd Fine Art Chicago, IL November 5 - 8, 2015 Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations Artist TalkMuseum of Fine ArtSt. Petersburg, FL May 10, 2015 Italian Traditions: Murano Meets St. Pete Chihuly Collection Exhibit SpaceSt. Petersburg, FLJanuary 23 - April 19, 2015 2014 Taos Art Glass Invitational David Anthony Fine ArtTaos, NMOctober 11 - November 9, 2014 Artifacts and Contraptions Peter Wright & Audrey Wilson Bender GalleryAsheville, NCAugust 1 – September 30, 2014 Sculptural Forms in Glass: Group Exhibition Winterowd Fine ArtSanta Fe, NMJune 1 - 19, 2014 GlasscentricInaugural Group ShowChihuly Collection Exhibit Space St. Petersburg, FLApril 3 - June 3, 2014 2013Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations Artist TalkMuseum of Fine ArtsSt. Petersburg, FLNovember 10, 2013 Body of Proof: Figures in Glass & Paintings Peter Wright, Kim Goldfarb, Paul J. Nelson Duncan McClellan GallerySt. Petersburg, FL November 9 - December 7, 2013 Distant Visions II: In Celebration of Glass Duncan McClellan GallerySt. Petersburg, FLJanuary 19 - February 23, 2013 2012Taos Art Glass InvitationalDavid Anthony Fine ArtTaos, NMSeptember 14 - October 7, 2012 Hib Sabin, Liz Wolf, and Peter Wright Glass, Wood, and BronzeAltamira Fine ArtJackson, WY August 16 - 30, 2012 New Mexico Contemporary Glass Invitational Mill Fine ArtSanta Fe, NMAugust - September, 2012 Journeys: Travels in the Natural and Spirit Worlds A Group ExhibitionStonington GallerySeattle, WA August 2 - 31, 2012Spirits in Wood & Glass: Hib Sabin & Peter Wright Stonington GallerySeattle, WAMay 3-31, 2012 Distant Visions: A Look At Not So Local Glass Duncan McClellan GallerySt. Petersburg, FLJanuary 14 - February 25, 2012 2011 Solstice Masquerade: A Group Exhibit Stonington GallerySeattle, WADecember 1 - 31, 2011 One Man ShowHabatat GalleriesWest Palm Beach, FLOctober 21 - November 26, 2011 Featured Artist Kuivato Gallery Sedona, AZOctober 7 - 31, 2011 GLASS NOW!Childs Studio Arts Great Barrington, MA June 23 - July 19, 2011 The Ultimate Goblet 2011 Habatat GalleriesWest Palm Beach, FL March 12 - April 30, 2011 A Night of Stars Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix, AZ February 19, 2011 2010 Dog and Pony Show2nd Annual Invitational Exhibition Brandon Michael Fine ArtSanta Fe, NM Contemporary Forum Annual Auction Phoenix Art MuseumPhoenix, AZPilchuck Glass School's 32nd Annual Auction Seattle, WA 28th International Glass Invitational Habatat Galleries - Florida December 2010 - February 2011 2009 Bird's Nest Invitational Brandon Michael Fine Art Santa Fe, NM PoleturnersPilchuck Auction Centerpiece Production Team Jiri Harcuba, Designer Poleturners Group ShowPilchuck Glass School Gallery Peter Wright - First Glass Evoke Contemporary Gallery Santa Fe, NM En Fuego Group Show Evoke Contemporary Gallery Santa Fe, NM SOFA West Santa Fe, NM Pilchuck Glass School’s 31st Annual Auction Seattle, WA 2008 Totem Interpretations Group Show Liquid Light GlassSanta Fe, NM Press & Publications Santa Fean NowJune 30 - July 6, 2016 Front cover, pgs. 2, 12 Pasatiempo Magazine July 1, 2016pg. 74 Santa Fean Magazine "Must-Know Artists" June/July 2016pg. 54 Tempo Magazine The Taos News August 13 - 19, 2015 pgs. 4, 6 Tempo Magazine The Taos News October 9 - 15, 2014 pgs. 28 - 32 Tampa Bay News Wire - Press Release"New Gallery Space at the Chihuly Collection" March 31, 2014 Pilchuck Glass School’s 34th Annual Auction Catalog Fall 2012page 67 Pilchuck Glass School’s 33rd Annual Auction Catalog Fall 2011page 125 Best of Worldwide Glass Artists Volume I pages 141, 142 Best of America Glass Artists Volume II pages 127, 128
A Night of Stars Catalog Phoenix Art Museum February 19, 2011 pages 28, 51 2011 Palm Beach Contemporary Glass CatalogHabatat Galleries 28th Annual International Glass Exhibition December 11, 2010 - January 29, 2011page 78 Pilchuck Glass School's 32nd Annual Auction Catalog Fall 2010page 106 Contemporary Forum Annual Auction Catalog February 20, 2010page 26 Pilchuck Glass School’s 31st Annual Auction CatalogFall 2009pages 13, 101 The Santa Fe New Mexican PasatiempoJune 5-11, 2009page 61 Dallas Morning NewsLearning Vacations That Pass The Test February 12, 2009Life/Travel Section Geico Direct MagazineGlass Plus: Pilchuck Glass School Spring 2008page 11