Joe Pintz’s minimal forms reference traditional pottery and implements associated with the hand. He describes his forms as both “minimal” and “mundane,” but within their stoic forms are layers of depth—from the rough earthenware clay to fragmented slips and an ever-evolving palette of monochrome translucent glazes. He writes, “On a formal level, they deal with issues of mass, line, and volume; while on a utilitarian level, they serve food—an act that requires physical participation. The rituals of eating and serving actively slow the viewer, allowing you to pay closer attention to the meal, the moment, and the company around the table.”

Taking time away from his teaching position at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Pintz will focus on this line of functional objects as our summer McKnight Resident. He has previously taught at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH and given workshops at Utah State University, Logan, UT; Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO; and Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY.

Pintz recently completed a residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in New Mexico, and was among the artists featured in NCC’s collaborative exhibition Exquisite Pots II: Red-Handed (2013). His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the University of Nebraska–Omaha; Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI; Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL; and Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC among others. He has had numerous two-person and group shows, including above ground / under water at Turman Larison Contemporary in Helena, Montana; ABC of Dinnerware at Santa Fe Clay; and Object Focus: The Bowl at Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft in Oregon. 

Pintz completed his MFA at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and earned his BA from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He will be in residence at NCC in June and July, 2016.