10 Questions for Peter Antor
*PRODUCTS are at the bottom of this page
What was the impetus for becoming a jewelry artist?
Part of it was I didn’t see a lot of jewelry in the field that I would wear. So I figured if I couldn’t buy it, I’d make my own. That is where the spark initiated, but since then I’ve realized jewelry is a great platform for my designs and satisfies my desire to fabricate.
What inspires your forms and surface finishes?
Architecture plays a big role in my sculptural work. I feel my jewelry is a simplified version of the sculptures I make. Taking elements of architecture and breaking them down into simple, clean, and elegant designs. I like the surface to be clean and simple as well, I do not like things that are overly ornate.
Who are your favorite artists?
Arnaldo Pomodoro, Arthor Ganson, Stephen Yusko, and a lot of architects: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, John Lautner to name a few.
How did your current aesthetic style come to be?
It slowly evolved during graduate school. Acquiring new techniques and working with different materials opened up fresh possibilities. I have always seen beauty in modern architecture, but it wasn’t until my skills and knowledge of material advanced that I was able to create work that reflected what attracted me to the buildings. Looking at geometry also played a big role. My aesthetic is based on math, it’s clean, and it can be simple or super complex. I feel that is something that is true in my work.
What is your object to make? (i.e. vessel, brooch, necklace, big earrings, small earrings…)
Rings. They are the most interactive jewelry we can wear. There is something about being placed on our hands that make them so much more interesting than earrings, brooches, and other jewelry. Also, when on they feel secure in our hands and can be brought closer to your eyes for inspection. Like mini sculptures and our finger is the pedestal. All other forms of jewelry seem stagnant in comparison.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Don’t stop exploring once you think you’ve found what you like. There are endless ideas and combination of materials and styles to work in. This will help your work from becoming stale. Also don’t settle for something simply because you’re good at it. It’s more rewarding to struggle with something your passionate about than to make something that lacks a challenge.
Do you have other creative outlets/practices?
I also make sculptural lights, sconces, chandeliers, and table lamps. I primarily use hard woods, steel, plexiglass, and occasionally cement.
If you weren’t an artist, what would your dream job be?
I think I would want to be a scientist, an applied lab scientist to be specific. I could work with my hands, problem solve, test new things, and constantly be learning something new.
Do you have a favorite meal/food?
Nachos of all sorts.
What has been your most memorable trip/vacation/residency?
I had a great trip to Montana when I was a kid. I think I was around 12. My mom, dad, and two brothers all went along with a bunch of my aunt’s, uncles, and cousins. All the family’s pitched in and rented a big lodge on a lake. We hiked, fished, had fires, and were allowed to run wild. All I have is good memories from that trip. Since then, I’ve realized how lucky I am to have such a close-knit family.