Hi, I am Jon Peters. I am a maker living and working in Southern California. Over the years, my work has evolved from automotive pinstriping and airbrushing to leatherwork and metal engraving, with many other mediums sprinkled in along the way. This is my second year participating in the Fusion Show. I love working with the “creativity within constraints.” Last year I created a pair of spurs. I am excited to see where this year’s unique theme of hats takes me, as well as the amazing work of my fellow makers.
Throughout my career, my work has been influenced by the iconography and motifs of the West. What is more iconic of the West than a cowboy hat? As a teenager, my first jobs were in feed stores and bucking hay as a ranch hand on horse and cattle ranches. I spent my twenties working with horses, riding, and travelling to horse shows. This time gave me a deep love and respect for horses and the people who ride and care for them. During this time, I became interested in the gear used in riding and roping and began to think about the engineering behind the gear and how the pieces were put together. That still resonates with me today as I create bits and spurs. I love looking at pieces to see how they were made and constructed. That is the fun and challenging part about creating gear. I am always looking for a way to improve my skills and products while experimenting with new designs. My goal is to create one of a kind pieces. When each piece is unique, I am driven to my most creative edge, and this is where I thrive as an artist. Making something different than anything I have ever made before keeps my work interesting, and constantly evolving.
I love to learn new skills and work with a variety of materials to create art that is both beautiful and functional. My work over the years has focused on making useful objects into art, from custom furniture to motorcycles, wrought iron gates, to bits, spurs, purses, and jewerly. I am inspired by the Arts and Craft movement of the twentieth century, which rebelled against the mechanization of production in favor of goods hand crafted by artists. This philosophy resonates with me today in the era of big box stores and mass production. I love creating art that plays a role in people’s everyday lives, bringing art and function together to create objects that are unique and have a story.
I hope you are able to come out to Santa Ynez to check out the work at the Fusion Show in person and enjoy the exciting roping events at the Wrangler Brannaman Vaquero Pro-Am Roping.