Functional Ceramics by Joseph Pintz at Penland Gallery
The Penland Gallery will present an exhibition of functional ceramics by Joseph Pintz May 23 through June 22. Pintz works with earthenware clay, hand-building understated utilitarian pots along with sculpture that echoes the forms of utensils and tools. This exhibition features simple bowls, cups, and serving pieces in a color palette of turquoise, white, amber, yellow, avocado, and pale pink. In contrast to the delicate colors, the pots are rugged and reminiscent of carved and painted wooden bowls from the turn of the century. The glazes and slips covering the clay are layered so that textures and the colors from the red earthenware clay are subtly revealed.
Talking about his tableware, Pintz says, “Sharing food with others and making the time to eat well are ideals I try to live up to in my daily life. The stubborn physicality of my pots forces one to slow down and pay close attention to the moment. 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.”
Pintz is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, and recently participated in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in Roswell, NM. He will be teaching ceramics at Penland School in early June.
In addition to this exhibition, the Penland Gallery sells work in all craft media made by the students, instructors, and resident artists of Penland School of Crafts and offers tours of the Penland campus twice each week when classes are in session. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays, 12 to 5 PM; closed Mondays. The Penland Gallery is located on the Penland School campus at 3135 Conley Ridge Road, just off Penland Road in Mitchell County. For more information, call 828-765-6211 or visit penland.org/gallery
PHOTO: Joseph Pintz, Oval Lidded Box, handbuilt earthenware, 6 x 9-3/4 x 6 inches