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Left of Center exhibition at S.P.A.C.E. to showcase over 50 works in clay
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From Oct. 9 through 31, David Riley Peterson’s exhibition, “Left of Center,” at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. will showcase more than 50 works in clay. Right is “Spiked Cowrie”, by Peterson, 2008, a wheel and slab construction, porcelain with crystal glaze. - photo by Photo provided

SAVANNAH—Accomplished ceramic artist David “Riley” Peterson will showcase his vast range of skills during an exhibition entitled “Left of Center,” on display at the City of Savannah’s Gallery S.P.A.C.E. from Oct. 9-31. The exhibition will include over 50 works in clay, representing a wide spectrum of techniques, styles, forms and surface decorations.

“I have always had a love affair with clay and the infinite possibilities it offers,” Peterson said. “You can throw it, roll it, coil it and mold it in any way imaginable. In this show, I wanted to push the clay to be even more expressive, so I have experimented with it in a number of ways to test every step of the creative process.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, Peterson will host an artist’s lecture, demonstration and workshop. The free lecture and demonstration will be held at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

On Oct. 18, Peterson will lead a hands-on workshop to share techniques and methods for altering and assembling wheel-thrown and hand-built parts to construct functional items for everyday use. The workshop will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the fee is $50. Limited space is available and advance registration is required.

A native of Boston, Mass., Peterson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Florida. He has taught continuing education classes at Armstrong Atlantic State University for many years while also working in his studio and exhibiting at shows throughout the Southeast.

He currently teaches both wheel and hand building classes at the City’s Visual Arts program at S.P.A.C.E.

An artist’s reception is set for Oct. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition and artist’s reception are free and open to the public. Gallery S.P.A.C.E. is located at 9 W. Henry St. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free off-street parking is available. For information, visit

About S.P.A.C.E.: S.P.A.C.E. is Savannah’s Place for Art, Culture and Education.
Located at 9 W. Henry St., S.P.A.C.E. houses the offices of the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs as well as a public gallery, a 100-seat black box theatre and art and ceramics studios.
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