Ange Peter came to India with her parents when she was two years old. She grew up in Auroville and completed her studies at the Sri Aurobindo’s International Center of Education in Pondicherry. Her first teachers in pottery were Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith from the Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry. Since then she has extensively traveled South East Asia, and completed a 6 month course with Japanese master Shibata Masaaki. She has since adopted the rare technique practiced by her Japanese master-Haiyu Slipware. This technique involves an intense interface with Nature. Ange usually works alone. The clay and glazes are made from scratch. Glazes are based on exclusively natural materials such as ash from the forest surrounding the pottery. No coloring stains or oxides are used other than iron oxide. The pieces are hand built and wood fired to a high temperature. The idea behind this work is that the energy put into all the details of preparing the materials comes out in the final finished piece and makes it vibrant and alive.
In fact the lesson I’m still struggling to learn is to do every task in life, however menial, with the same intention and care that I would put into creating my finest piece of art. This is because I have learned that the way I lead my life reflects in my work, and I cannot keep the two apart.
address: Samriddhi, Auroville
ph.: 0413 2623101, 08098700425
e-mail: ange [at] auroville.org.in