Peter Cunicelli

Contact Information

Phone: (215) 280-7291


3510 Scotts Lane Studio 11o Philadelphia PA 19129


Artist's Biography

Peter Cunicelli is a Philadelphia artist who has been working with clay since 2000. As a student at The Clay Studio, he discovered hand built vessels and soon began rolling out slabs of his own. During this time, he began developing forms by studying traditional thrown forms and cutting templates. He has experimented with a variety of glazes and techniques and has worked in Raku, wood fire, porcelain, paper clay, cassius bassalt and other stonewares. His current studio practice builds and expands upon the desire to create forms that push the boundaries of form that are balanced between the dramatic and the refined.

Artist's Statement

Contrast is a constant element in life and nature. We see a community garden that grows wild in the heart of a bustling, structured city. We see a rose sit on a stem of thorns. Also, life and nature provide constant inspiration for movement and sensuality.These elements, contrast, movement and sensuality, provide the basis for my ceramic work. As in nature, there is often a clear delineation between light and dark. One always follows the other. I use curvaceous, yet exact and crisp, lines to make the same distinction in my work. As each piece is viewed, each pose should present a different image to the viewer while part of the piece is shadowed. These lines also elicit a movement that suggests a dance between the piece and the viewer. This is where I find my inspiration to continue creating.

Selected Exhibitions

On/Off, Show of Hands Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, January

George School, Solo Show, Newtown, PA, December

New Work, Work In Progress Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, April

Forms, Café Lift, Philadelphia, PA, April

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Annual Juried Exhibition, Reading, PA, May

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2018, Philadelphia, PA, June

Rittenhouse Fall Fine Crafts Show, Featured, Philadelphia, PA, October

3rd Street Gallery Associates II Group Show, We Persist, April

Manayunk Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Winner, Best in Category, June

Space, Oddities and other Changes, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, March

2016 Haddonfield Fine Craft Shows, Haddonfield, NJ, July

Rittenhouse Spring Fine Crafts Show, Philadelphia, PA, May

Rittenhouse Fall Fine Crafts Show, Philadelphia, PA, October

Philadelphia Art Alliance Shop on the Square, Philadelphia, PA, December

Germantown Friends Craft Show, Emerging Artist, Philadelphia, PA, March

Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show, Philadelphia, PA, April

Haddonfield Fine Crafts Show, Haddonfield, NJ, July

Philadelphia Clay Exhibition, Invitational, Philadelphia, PA, August-October

"CFEVA Artist Custom Exhibition", MyCIO, The Ciera Center, Philadelphia, PA, March

Radley Run Country Club Art Show, West Chester, PA, March

Radley Run Country Club Art Show, West Chester, PA, March

Art of the State: Philadelphia 2010, Philadelphia, PA, June

Art of the State: Philadelphia 2008, Philadelphia, PA, June

Urban Outfitters Corporate Center, Philadelphia, PA, September

Pocket Utopia presents Etsy, Brooklyn, NY, December

Motion, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, April


Master Artisan Status, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, April

Best in Category, Manayunk Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, June