Peter M. Smith is a native of Aberdeen, Scotland and has many interests: glove puppetry, woodworking, masks, sculptures, reading and writing. As a woodworker for many years he specializes in Shaker furniture, restoration work, and woodturning, his main avocation.
His bowls come in all shapes and sizes, (see Gallery) using the rich variety of native hardwoods found in the area, and are in many collections (and kitchens) nationwide. He has also written and demonstrated widely. Peter converted his garage in Princeton into his shop with three lathes and a range of tools to turn found logs into one-of-a-kind pieces.
Peter's bowls range from non-utilitarian hollow spheres to functional salad bowls. His aim is to simplify the form of the bowl, following the classical shapes of bowls and vessels at the intersection of art and craft, which have evolved over time in many different cultures. And of course, to bring out the beauty of the wood whatever its final utility. The uniqueness of wood makes the search for the perfect bowl endlessly challenging.