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Hokkaido Story by Peter Shire


Peter Shire combines craft, fine art + industrial design, taking from each aspect to create furniture, fashion, architecture + his mainstay medium, ceramics. Shire’s works have been exhibited in the United States, Italy, France, Japan + Poland; Shire has been associated with the Memphis Group of Designers, has worked on the Design Team for the 1984 XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles, which was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, + has created over 40 public sculptures in Los Angeles + nationally. A Los Angeles native, Shire has been honored by awards for his contribution to the cultural life of the City of Los Angeles, + runs his art studio out of Echo Park, the neighborhood of his birth. Between 1991 + 1992, Shire took five trips to Japan + in the process made huge, astounding sculptures for Sapporo Breweries, the Hokuden Company + the AIM factory. While at AIM, with the assistance of his assistant, Shire created over 30 elegant small scale sculptures. In 2008, AIM went out of business + Shire returned to Japan to recover the works included in the Hokkaido Story Revisited: Late Spring exhibition (2011) and this accompanying book. Softcover. 48 pages.