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Cynthia Bringle

Biography to Display: 

1939Born, Memphis, Tennessee

EDUCATION

BFA Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1960sStudio Assistant, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Liberty, Maine

1970Faculty, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

 

Cynthia Bringle has spent her life as a studio potter producing domestic wares. The surface is a focus of her work, frequently decorated with quick Japanese referenced motifs or with faceted and incised surfaces sometimes with turtle or other nature referenced finials and handles. Her pieces are primarily stoneware; however she occasionally works with porcelain. Bringle believes that through use, a fundamental connection is made between the potter and the user.

Bringle began her academic career as a painter but after an introductory pottery class changed her major to ceramics. She continued to use a painterly approach to surface throughout her career as a studio potter. While in school she visited the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, working there over the summers and returning frequently. In 1963 she went to the Penland School of Craft for the first time. In 1965, Bringle set up her first studio in Memphis, returning to Penland and Haystack to teach seasonally. She permanently moved to Penland in 1970 where she established her pottery and taught at the Penland School of Craft. 

A transcript of an interview with Cynthia Bringle conducted January 22, 1992  by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art’s American Art Oral History Project, funded by the Smithsonian Institution's Women's Committee, is available at:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-cynthia-bringle-12710.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina

Burlington Art Centre, Ontario, Canada

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

rosenfieldcollection.com

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Ennis, Lynn Jones. Cynthia Bringle: a Fiery Influence. Asheville, NC: Southern Highland Craft Guild, 1999.

Lauria, Jo and Steve Fenton. Craft America Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and  Objects. New York, NY: Clarkson Potter /Publishers, 2007.

Lark Crafts. The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay. Ashville, NC: Lark Books, 2012.

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay. Woodstock, NY: The Overlook Press, 2000.

______________, et. al. The Grande Dames of Ceramics: Susan Peterson and Friends: February 1–March 15, 2004. Chicago, IL: Andora Gallery, 2004.

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
ca 1950
pre 1960
ca 1960
1962-1964
ca 1970
ca 1970
ca 1970-1976
1997
ca 2000
ca 2000
2013
2014
Casserole
Date: ca 1950
Form: Casserole
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Bowl
Date: ca 1960
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Rock
Date: ca 1962
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Box
Date: ca 1965
Form: Box
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Date: ca 1970
Form: Teapot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Stamped
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Goblet
Date: ca 1970-1976
Form: Goblet
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.67, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.67, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Candle Holder
Date: ca 2000
Form: Candle Holder
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Thrown and Altered, Mixed Methods, Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Covered Jar
Date: ca 2000
Form: Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Bottle with Fish Stopper
Date: ca 2013
Form: Bottle
Method: Thrown, Carved
Surface Technique: Glaze
Clay Art Center, "Lineage: the Art of Mentorship," Sept. 2014, Port Chester, New York
Photo: Loren Maron
Clay Art Center, "Lineage: the Art of Mentorship," Sept. 2014, Port Chester, New York
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Snake Bowl
Date: ca 2014
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Dinnerware
Date: ca 2014
Form: Bowl, Cup and Saucer, Plate
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Covered Jar
Date: ca 2014
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Tea Bowl
Form: Tea Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Goblet
Form: Goblet
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Ewer
Form: Ewer
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Pitcher
Form: Pitcher
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 5, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/bringle