Alchemy in Echo Park

Videography: Jarod Taber | Photography: Asato Iida

Peter Shire, the famed artist, ceramicist, designer, and Memphis Group member, has always possessed a creative output that is playful, optimistic, and genre-bending. As an Echo Park native—Shire still lives in the mid-century modern home built by his parents—he continues to be heavily influenced by his direct surroundings, regularly mining them as a source of inspiration and reflection.Join Shire as he strolls through the storied Los Angeles neighborhood that continues to nurture him—between his childhood home, where he resides, his studio just a few blocks down the road, and through the depths of Elysian Park—musing upon the subjects of craftsmanship, philosophy, and ways of being.