Peter Leibert is a founding member of the Norwich Arts Council and an independent artist in clay, mixed medial, light metals and photography. In the past he served as president of the Board for 6 years and is current President.
As Professor of Art at Connecticut College for 37 years, and Department Chair for 16 years, he was voted and designated by Connecticut College as Professor of the Year for 2004 and retired as Professor Emeritus the following year. He has exhibited widely in the North- Eastern United States, Italy, and Japan.
In 1974, he founded the Westerly Morris Men. This traditional English Morris dancing group still performs regularly and is one of the longest on-going performance groups in the U.S. Peter is also their Dance Master and Musician, accompanying them on button accordion, concertina and pipe and tabor. He also performs as solo musician and calls traditional Anglo-American dances for families and interested groups. Peter also lectures on "Tradition" as it relates to Crafts, Clay, and Traditional Dance, Music, and Song.
Clay and mixed media, for me, just seem to come together. I have been throwing on the potter's wheel for a very long time and have been collecting found objects for ages. I have developed a certain passion for pots and sculpture and have been blessed with an intuitive sense which has somewhat rescued me from a painstaking approach of pre-planning my work. The found objects I have been recently using are simple object for the most part and are beautifully interesting in themselves. They attract me because of their design by nature; their color; and who, or what, they reflect.
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