Doug Peltzman grew up in suburban Long Island, New York, amongst a constantly changing gridded landscape, flanked by the calming, yet unpredictable nature of the ocean. His parents instilled in him at a very young age the value of family and communal gatherings. Most recently, he has realized the profound impact that this upbringing and experience has had, and in how he perceives the world around him, and on the highly utilitarian pieces he creates.
After several formative years studying painting, Doug came to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2005. From 2006-2008 he served as a ceramic technician and adjunct instructor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. In 2010, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University. The primary focus of DougÕs work is in creating high quality domestic objects that function to heighten and sensitize the experience of eating and drinking, with the aim to leave a lasting experience in your homes, and a moment of pause to your daily rituals.
My work is analogous to architecture. I create functional objects inspired by material, design and use. To me, the making of work is a process of constructing the end result within the mind, then mentally deconstructing it so it can be built in physical form. The overall compositional arrangements lure the viewer into making associations that ascend and descend into the calibrated patterns of the abstractions. Breaking down form and shape into various line patterns create diverse spatial and perceptual relationships that reveal and conceal, reinforcing what is present. I make in multiples and carefully plot line all the while being conscious of the shifts and intuitive permutations rooted in this methodology.
Ultimately, it is not essential that the viewer/user connects with me personally through my work, but rather, devises their own familiarity, in turn developing a unique understanding of the work specific to them. It is then my goal for this sense of universal accessibility coupled with the utilitarian nature of the work to impart richness to the ordinarily mundane but quite necessary rituals of the day.