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Joseph Pintz

Biography to Display: 


1996BA Anthropology & Urban Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

2000-2002Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2006MFA Ceramics, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska


1998-1999Resident Artist, Richard Carter Studios, Napa, California

1999-2000Resident Artist Norris Center Craft Studio, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

2000-2003Apprenticeship with Dan Anderson, Edwardsville, Illinois

2006-2007Resident Artist Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2009Resident Artist, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine

2013Resident Artist, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2013-2014Resident Artist, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Roswell, New Mexico

2014McKnight Artist Residencies for Ceramic Artists, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


2007-2011Instructor, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

2011—Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri


Joseph Pintz is known for hand-built earthenware functional pottery and sculpture.  Pintz's color palette is muted, ranging from neutral to earthy pinks, yellows, and blues. Pintz's surfaces appear weathered.

Pintz often uses a subtractive process, where a large block of clay is altered by removing clay. Small-scale sculptured tools are carved and slip and terra sigillata applied and refined to reflect ware. After 2016 functional vessel forms can have allover slip application or large areas of raw terra cotta contrasted with areas of slip.  Earlier works are slab-built more rectangular forms.

In addition to pottery, Pintz creates sculptural work, which includes gardening implements, weights, measures, and kitchen utensils that appear as wall pieces or stand-alone installations.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, New Mexico

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah


Bibliography to Display: 

Brown, Glen. 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice and Singular Work . New York, NY: Lark Books, 2009.

Pintz, Joseph. “Inviting Use.” Pottery Making Illustrated 18, no.4 (2015).

___________. “Sustenance: Teaching the Connection Between Pottery and Food.” Studio Potter 39, no.1 (2011).

Ruble, Casey. Ceramic Excellence Fellowships at the Archie Bray Foundation 2006-2007. Helena, Montana: Archie Bray Foundation, 2007.

__________. “Down to Earth: Joseph Pintz's Hand-Hewn Pots.” Ceramics Monthly 57, no.7 (2009).

Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E. 500 Plates & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function and Style. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2008.



Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy of Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 7, 2023.