After twenty years in commercial construction, beginning in Vail and ending in Chicago, Peter Wright says, “I began to seek alternatives for the second half of my life.” In 1994, his life-long interest in art led him to found Wright Publishing Company. In this endeavor, Wright partners with artists to produce and market limited edition fine art; primarily bronze sculptures. The artists work in many media, including clay, wood, and stone, which Wright re-produces in bronze.
In 2000, renowned glass sculptor William Morris joined this group of artists and Wright was introduced to the world of art glass at the highest level. He spent countless hours watching hot glass being shaped into amazing forms. In 2007, he realized that the best way to truly understand glass was to learn to work with it himself. He was “completely drawn in and seduced by hot glass” and that same year he began studying at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.
In his series of “Animal Spirit Jars”, Wright creates vessels that are rich in texture and color. The surfaces have a beautiful, soft matte finish and often feature dappled colors or web-like patterns that resemble cracks in ancient vessels. The lids are adorned with life-like, hand carved wood animals created by Hib Sabin; examples include a raven, hawk, toad and turtle. The animals add an element that suggests a ceremonial significance to these powerful vessels.