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Peter Lenzo

Biography to Display: 

1955 Born Staten Island, New York

EDUCATION

UnknownMFA Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Unknown Faculty, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

 

Peter Lenzo is known for sculptures based on traditional southern face jugs. Lenzo distorts the facial expressions and sometimes attaches bizarre, fantastical, kitsch, and grotesque objects onto a traditional face jug form. Some of his face jugs are more realistic portraits while others are pure fantasy.

Lenzo took his first clay class when he was ten years old at The School of Arts and Crafts in Detroit. It was not until age 14, however, that Lenzo decided to pursue clay seriously after seeing his brother turning a vessel on a potter's wheel. At the age of 15, he was given a potter’s wheel and one year later dropped out of conventional high school. Lenzo attended an alternative program to earn his diploma and throughout continued to take pottery classes.

At age 22 Lenzo was involved in a biking accident that resulted in chronic seizures. His work has been interpreted as a visual expression of the painful experience of having a seizure. Some of the face jugs are covered with found objects including shards stuck into the faces as if the head were exploding. From 1991-2001, Lenzo's work transitioned from resembling stylized traditional Southern face jugs to more realistic self-portraits.

 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, South Carolina

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Smith, Nan. 500 Figures in Clay. Asheville, NC: Lark Crafts, 2014.

Hunter, Robert. “Ceramics in America.” Chipstone Foundation, 2006.

Porter, Ron and Martha Stamm Connell. Poetic Expressions of Mortality: Figurative Ceramics from the Porter-Price Collection. Mobile, AL: Mobile Museum of Art, 2006.

 

Website(s):

www.peterlenzopottery.com

 

Typical Marks
2001
2002
2003
2003
Face Jug with Rooster Finial
Date: May 9, 2001
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built, Mixed Methods (This piece is constructed from re-purposed ceramic objects used in conjunction with thrown and altered stoneware.)
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Face Jug with One Eye
Date: June 23, 2002
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Thrown and Altered (This piece is constructed from re-purposed ceramic objects used in conjunction with thrown and altered stoneware.)
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Figure with Dunce Cap
Date: April 9, 2003
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built, Mixed Methods (This piece is constructed from re-purposed ceramic objects used in conjunction with thrown and altered stoneware.)
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Hold On
Date: July 9, 2003
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Mixed Methods (This piece is constructed from re-purposed ceramic objects used in conjunction with thrown and altered stoneware.)
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 7, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/lenzo