Doing what I love doing. Making things
Creating and teaching for over 30 years, I work with cast silver, gold and bronze from highly detailed hand modeled wax to produce original jewellery and sculpture. My work draws upon on a lifelong engagement with the natural world, and my designs frequently contain organic motifs which are symbolic, evocative and striking. The most common comment I receive is, “I’ve never seen anything like it”. I often create assembled hybrid pieces evolved from a repertoire of past work and frequently include unexpected moving parts to animate and enliven the jewellery. Working with other mediums such as clay, plaster and photography informs the interdisciplinary approach I take to my practice and allows for transference of skills and techniques which often lead to new experimental directions to investigate. I set a high standard of quality and continually challenge myself in elevating skill level and creativity. With the thousands of hours I have put into my lifelong passion of creating, I have developed a wide range of sculpting methods, fabricated unique tools and developed innovative procedures which are shared when I teach. The joy I get from making never ceases and I can always count on the satisfaction I feel when working at my craft. It is all about experimenting, taking chances, pushing the limits of ability and imagination, staying fresh and doing what I love to do. I feel like I have just begun.
Peter Sloan grew up in Calgary and was influenced to become an artist by his grandfather J.D. Turner who founded Canadian Art Galleries. He moved east and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1979 with honours and then a 5th year assistantship in the foundry. He worked as a freelance commercial sculptor and continued his ongoing artistic practice. After taking consecutive jewellery courses at George Brown College in Toronto, he started part time teaching, which has continued for over 30 years. In 2012 he received a BFA at Nipissing University and recently completed one year MFA Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh College of Art, before transferring to the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary in MFA Craft Media to finish the degree. He is currently based in Masset on Haida Gwaii where he is teaching and working on setting up Artist-in-Residence program. Stay tuned!