Peter Callas is a renowned artist acknowledged for his mastery of the Anagama kiln and wood-firing process. Born in New Jersey, he graduated in 1973 with a Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, and soon after he traveled to Japan to research the art of wood-fired ceramics. In 1976, Peter Callas built the first Anagama kiln in the United States, an achievement that made him an authority on this wood-firing technique.
Though the years, Peter Callas has mentored dozens of artists, and in the 80’s and 90’s he worked with Peter Voulkos, resulting in a unique partnership that produced some of the most important ceramics of the 20th century. Callas’ work has been exhibited in numerous countries, and can be found in the collections of over 30 museums throughout the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. In 2018 and 2021, Callas was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.
His upcoming solo exhibition “An Enduring Legacy” at the Americam Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) will present a comprehensive overview of his 50-year career. The exhibition will be on tour in 2022-2023 in the United States.