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 and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. He has received the NCECA Emerging Artist Award as well as the Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Missouri.
''I grew up in a household that placed a high value on food. Both of my parents love to cook and bake. Growing up, we ate nearly every meal together at home around the dinner table. These meals often featured fresh vegetables from the garden or those we had canned. Through experiences like this, my parents taught me the values of working with your hands and being self-sufficient. 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. ''