Peter Jones, cave photographer and potter, was in Carlsbad this week teaching a cave photography workshop at Carlsbad Caverns and a three-day pottery workshop at The Artist Gallery Pottery Studio.
In the photo he
is teaching students his
has made a living in Maine as a potter for 36 years.
been visiting the Carlsbad area once or twice a year for 40 years.
CARLSBAD — Peter Jones, potter and cave photographer, has been in Carlsbad this week teaching a cave photography workshop at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and a three-day pottery workshop at The Artist's Gallery Pottery Studio.
has been coming to Carlsbad once or twice a year for the last 40 years.
was a sophomore at the University of Denver
visited the area for the first time to go caving.
That was 1969, and his
interest in cave photography was sparked that summer.
ended up purchasing a camera from his
friend and he
took a lot of memorably bad photographs that year, he
"I was hooked on caving.
The caves here are some of the most beautiful in the world," Jones
said, noting he's
made 30 to 40 trips into Lechuguilla Cave, and Virgin Cave is the most beautiful cave for photography.
interest in pottery peaked during his
senior year in college.
had grown up in Connecticu,t and his
family had a summer home in Maine.
After graduating, he
pottery skills and moved to Maine in 1973 to start his
pottery career, operating as Mountain Street Pottery since 1984.
"I always loved Maine, and I've been making a living as a potter for 36 years," he
said, adding that is nearly unheard of.
works in stoneware and porcelain clays, firing them to 2,300 degrees F in a gas-fired kiln of his
stoneware clay using a formula he
developed that has excellent workability with a great thermal shock resistance, making
"I made my first piece of pottery when I was in the ninth grade and my mother still has it," Jones
loves both photography and pottery.
feels more creative as a photographer because when making pottery he's
always thinking in terms of what is going to sell the best.
"With my photography, I can just take the best photograph I can," he
said, adding that some of his
work is included in the Caverns Art Project that was put in place during the October 2008 rededication of the remodeled visitor center at the Caverns.
"I taught a cave photography workshop, and I ended up being asked to photograph the dedication ceremony," he
How incredibly fortunate I am to have found two things in my life that produce a living income for me and fulfill my creative desires as well," Jones