“Evidently my skin is semi-permeable membrane for clay and it went right into my blood and stayed there.”
Peter Lippincott never planned on being a potter. With degrees in zoology and secondary science, he taught school and worked in building construction for several years before he first sat down at the potter’s wheel at age 38. “Evidently my skin is semi-permeable membrane for clay and it went right into my blood and stayed there,” he recalls. As a child, he worked with his hands doing art projects with his mother and working alongside his father, a wood worker and architect. Today, Lippincott makes what he describes as “traditional stoneware…with a contemporary flare” at Mudpuppy Studios, which he built himself, in Fort Smith. He also teaches pottery to youth and adults, at the Fort Smith Art Center and in local schools through the Arkansas Arts Council’s Arts in Education program.