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Joseph Pintz: Ceramics | May 23 – June 22, 2014

Joseph Pintz: Ceramics opens today at the Penland Gallery. “Stubborn physicality” is a phrase Pintz uses to describe his tableware. Recently, his surfaces have brought elements of the ethereal to this physicality, evoking arid skies and desert colors.




In an age of ever-increasing speed, the dinner table is the perfect place to savor – to spend time, to share food and vessels made with integrity and purpose. I sincerely hope that such sustenance allows us to develop a deeper relationship to making and to each other. —Joseph Pintz



All works included in Joseph Pintz: Ceramics are viewable and available for purchase online at the Penland Gallery.



Joseph Pintz’s functional and sculptural ceramic work explores the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling our physical and emotional needs. Inspired by his Midwestern roots, Pintz creates mundane forms based on utilitarian vessels and other implements associated with the hand. In the process, the dense meaning of these objects is transferred into clay. Pintz earned his BA in anthropology and urban studies at Northwestern University.  After receiving his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation. He has received the NCECA Emerging Artist Award as well as the Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He is  on research leave from the University of Missouri while working at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. He is teaching a handbuilding workshop in the Penland clay studio, May 25-June 6.


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Kiln to Table


Tableware by Jospeh Pintz. Photo by Mark LaFavor for American Craft.
Tableware by Jospeh Pintz. Photo by Mark LaFavor for American Craft.


Four ceramists and Penland instructors are featured in American Craft ‘s focus on tableware this month. The feature is now online and celebrates, through short interviews, different approaches ceramists have to making functional pieces for the table. Check out responses from:


Jason Bige Burnett (teaching at Penland in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015)
Heather Mae Erickson (teaching at Penland, Summer 2014)
Joseph Pintz (teaching at Penland, Summer 2014)
Tara Wilson (taught at Penland, Fall 2009)