Robert L. Peters

18 July 2015

R.I.P… Walter Richter


Winnipeg, Canada

It’s been a difficult week — three days ago, Ev’s father Walter Richter passed into the next realm. The obituary (below) was penned by Ev’s two daughters, Jen and Nicki.



3 June 1935 – 15 July 2015

Eighty years ago in Bremen, Germany, Max Walter Richter opened his sparkly eyes to become Max and Charlotte Richter’s first-born son. At age 20, he married the love of his life, Elfriede, and they completed their family with the birth of their cherished daughter Evelin (Robert). In 1957, Opa got off the train in Winnipeg while en route to Vancouver, concerned that the weather seemed to get colder and colder the farther west he traveled. Thank goodness for that, he always said, because it was here that his granddaughters Jennifer (Derek) and Nicki (Jayson) were born. Opa and Oma bought their first house on Sark Crescent in 1966. We had so many good times there hearing him singing his silly German songs with his cousins Heinz (Christa) and Fritz (Anne) and, later, with the great grandkids playing with Opa’s train set. Opa and his brother Kurt (Erna) started their woodworking business, Richter’s Woodcraft, in 1984. A skilled cabinetmaker, Opa lovingly crafted our beds, tables, desks, shelves, toys and treehouses. Most impressive, in the 1960s he built our cottage at Hillside Beach by hand. So many good memories were made at Hillside Beach with Opi and Omi, Kurt’s family, the cousins and nieces and nephews. Retiring at age 61, Opa had all his time for his family. Whether travelling to Banff, Hawaii, and Germany, or to Tim Horton’s for coffee and chili, Opa and Oma were rarely seen apart. Opa was so proud of his Evi – he loved going to Winnipeg Beach to pop into her studio to see what she was creating, going to her art shows, and puttering around her yard. He was always there to take Jayden and Sam to Tinkertown and on the Prairie Dog, Haylee to her dance classes, and to joke around with his Maxi-million and Maci. Opa was a kid at heart; he was always getting us in trouble with Oma. Leading us in games of “jumping off the fence into Oma’s snow-covered hedges,” “flipping the kids in the hammock,” “jumping off the boat with our umbrellas,” “treehouse ziplining”… Opa spent his last 24 hours surrounded by his loved ones. For the last time, we marveled at the strength of his heart, we played that game where we count how long he can hold his breath, and we held the hands that had so lovingly built our homes. Ach-ja, Opa. Sleep well. Love Jenny and Nicki.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 18, 2015


8 April 2015

We live in stories…




Winnipeg, Canada

We live in stories… is Ev’s latest piece. It incorporates impressions of wood letterpress type from my collection. As of yesterday this sculptural piece is on exhibit at the Pulse Gallery (The Forks, Winnipeg). This hand-built kiln-fired clay figure is partially glazed, along with oxide stains and cold finishes, on a stained wooden base (old-growth fir).

22 March 2015

Evelin’s sculptures… at the WAG



Winnipeg, Canada

Currently on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Shop, Question Everything and Just watch me… are two sculptures of Ev’s that are part of the WAVE at the WAG exhibit, a group show featuring the work of over 20 Interlake Wave Studio Tour artists.

WAVE at the WAG is on until Sunday, 12 April — drop by the WAG if you have the chance.

1 January 2015

Happy New Year


Best wishes to friends, kin, and comrades worldwide… Happy New Year!

12 October 2014

Common Ground




Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

This is Ev’s latest sculptural work… Common Ground, a hand-built ceramic piece (385mm x 220mm x 360mm, base 330mm x 207mm x 105mm) with a silver cold finish and parts of an antique meat grinder, mounted on a stained wooden base/bed.

28 March 2014

Do not put the names of those you care about in a heart; place them in a circle. Hearts can be broken, but circles go on forever.

“Thought of the day” from Karen Ng-Hem, a young design intern from Toronto that we took in at Circle back in 2001.

19 March 2014

Evelin’s latest… (work in progress).




Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

Ev’s working on some great new sculptures… here’s a teaser.

28 December 2013

Awaiting Serendipity




Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

Evelin Richter‘s latest commission, Awaiting Serendipity, was completed and delivered just in time for Christmas. The hand-built ceramic sculptural piece (345mm x 180mm x 435mm) is glazed in antique silver and includes an old hand drill, mounted on a wooden base.

You rock, Girlfriend!

2 December 2013

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

—Mark Twain

1 December 2013

Happy Birthday, Mom…


Amanda Marie Reimer (1926-1974)

Only the young die good...

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