Peter Lippincott

Peter Lippincott

2010 Award Recipient | POTTERY, Fort Smith

Peter Lippincott of Fort Smith was named the 2010 Arkansas Living Treasure for his work as a potter.

Although Lippincott had admired and collected the work of studio potters for years, he never planned to turn the craft into a career. With a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Illinois and post graduate work in secondary science, he didn’t begin his study of pottery until he was 38 years old. As a child, he worked with his hands doing art projects with his artist mother and making musical instruments with his architect/woodworker father. He said trying his hand at pottery seemed to be a natural fit for him.

Lippincott describes his work as “traditional stoneware but with a contemporary flair.” His work ranges from simple, functional stoneware with Asian influences to dynamic, large-scale vessels. Known for his extraordinary glazes, Lippincott mixes his own clay and glazes and forms his work one piece at a time by hand and or thrown on the wheel.

After receiving five years of ceramic education at St. Louis Community College, Lippincott moved to Fort Smith in 1992 and has made pottery his vocation since, combining retail and wholesale sales from his studio, Mudpuppy Studios.

Lippincott teaches private pottery lessons to adults and children. He began teaching classes at Westark Community College (now the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith) and he teaches classes at the Fort Smith Art Center. In addition, he teaches in schools through the Arts Council’s Arts in Education program and offers special classes for scout troops, church groups, nursing homes and other organizations. He has taught more than 400 adult students.

His passion for pottery also inspires him to be an ambassador for the arts. He has served on many boards throughout the state, including the Center for Arts and Education in Van Buren, the Mayor’s Commission for the Arts in Fort Smith, the Fort Smith Art Center, the Arkansas Craft Guild and ArtQuest in Fort Smith. In addition, he teaches pottery at Project Dream Street, a residential camp in eastern Oklahoma for children with serious illnesses.

His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries in the United States and is featured in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe. 

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