Peter grew up on Cape Cod, in Mashpee, and still currently resides there. He focused heavily on fine arts in high school, taking every class he possibly could. After graduating in 2004 he went on to study at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, majoring in photography. Upon leaving college he got a job as the Art Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod and held that position for seven years.
He started working with glass in September of 2015 after answering an online ad for a part-time glassblower at the Sandwich Glass Museum. The ad said, “no experience necessary” which sounded perfect, because he didn’t have any previous experience working with glass. After training with the full-time glassblower there he started doing demonstrations for the public and still currently does that two days a week. He fell in love with the trade and decided to try and learn as much about it as possible, so he went to visit another local glass studio to see what knowledge he could obtain. There he met master glassblowers David Mcdermott and Yukimi Matsumoto, a husband and wife team/owners of the Mcdermott Glass Studio. They happened to be looking for an apprentice at the time and were kind enough to take Peter under their wing. The apprenticeship is very intensive and ongoing, requiring an immense amount of patience and focus. What started as a fun weekend job quickly turned into a full-time career. He found his passion and became completely dedicated to the craft of glassmaking. “My master calls it a disease, once you start blowing glass you become completely infected, and that was definitely the case for me. I got hooked and I can’t really see myself doing anything else at this point.”