Peter McCarthy


Peter McCarthy is a night potter at Claypool Studio in Botany and makes functional pieces in stoneware that look equally at home on the mantlepiece.


Images: Peter McCarthy, Ceramic collection at Object Shop, 2017. Photo courtesy of ADC; Peter McCarthy, Lidded jar, 2018. Photo: ADC


What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start? 

I saw an amazing Bodil Manz work at ANG and thought I'd love one of those. Later on I decided to learn more by doing.

Describe the last thing you made? 
A large multi-coloured under-glaze bowl with chequered glaze sgraffito pattern.

What part of the making process do you enjoy the most? 
I treat all stages of production as equally important and so I spread the joy throughout the process.

What's next on the horizon for you?
I have been trying to emulate a textile texture with surface treatment and need to develop a more detailed approach - maybe a tartan next!