Peter Rushforth was born in Manly, NSW in 1920.
From 1942 to 1945 he spent three years as a prisoner of war in Changi.
On his return to Australia he enrolled in the arts course at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and continued his studies at the National Gallery School in Melbourne.
In 1951 he relocated to Sydney where initially enrolled in a sculpture course at East Sydney Technicl College, but soon became their first full time teacher in ceramics.
The same year he set up a studio at Beecroft in the northern suburbs.
He travelled extensively in the UK, Denmark and the USA on a Churchill Fellowship and spent time working in Japan.
In 1966, he moved to Church Point, NSW. In 1978, on his retirement, he relocated his studio to Shipley in the Blue Mountains and became a full-time potter. He was a maker of high-fired stoneware vessels in a woodfired kiln with chun, tenmoku, limestone and ash glazes, wax resist, brush or inlay decoration.
In 1985, he was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to ceramics and, in that year, the National Gallery of Victoria held a retrospective exhibition of his work, which is marked with an impressed or incised 'PR’.


Judith Pearce
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