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2016: The Year Of Giving.

Laurie and I deem 2016 the year of giving! We will give away one vessel each month on instagram to anyone who wishes to participate. Are you on instagram? If not, make an account, head to my feed and see if you wish to participate.

Why are we doing this?

In the beginning, becoming active in Instagram meant joining a community of sharers, and I was eager to share what I did and how I did it with the world. Oh how easy that was to forget…

Slowly, as I gained more success, giving became less important than what I could get out of social media. This is only natural in a forum where one has the potential of reaching millions with a single click – more, more, more. More followers, more success, more “fame”. Always more.

But that is not what instagram is about. It is a place where all are welcome regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or age, and all join as a community that values and celebrates uniqueness in personal expression. We are members of that community, we wish to be sharers in that community.

CeramATTACK!

I’m proud to be included in the exhibition CeramATTACK, presented by Duane Reed Gallery of St Louis, MO. The exhibition runs from December 18th until February 13th. Duane’s summary of the exhibition is written below. You can learn more about the gallery and exhibition here,

“A ceramic invitational exhibition that boasts trending innovations in contemporary ceramics. Exhibition opens Friday, December 18th with a reception that evening 5-8pm. The exhibition will run through February 13th.

With motivations beyond pure form and function, the selected artists take ceramics into an entirely new realm, fusing contemporary aesthetics with a traditional art form. The clay bodies act more as canvases for further creative exploration through a multidisciplinary approach. This new take is evident in the works of Kevin Snipes whose structures are complimented by his whimsical street art influenced figurative drawings, or Jonathan Mess who reclaims discarded and forgotten materials into formations that reference maps and natural geographical formations.

Challenging the traditional and established view of ceramics, CeramATTACK offers a collection of works that allow the viewer to explore both narrative and form in a myriad of imaginative and unconventional approaches that both provoke and inspire.”

Studio KotoKoto: 88

Studio KotoKoto asked me to make a whopping 88 cups for an October celebration of their third year in business. In many ways I owe my emergence to their persistence in promoting me and pushing me to promote myself through IG. For that reason alone, I graciously and thankfully accepted the challenge. Alas, the 88 wildly colorful cups pictured here are now in their hands. They will all be available October 16 – first come, and first serve!

But the truth is that this collection of cups has come at a point of transition in my own business. Over the last three years I’ve taken on way too much in an effort to establish a career. This has in many ways come at the expense of my family and creativity, though I’ve always understood it as a right of passage. Now, it is essential that I focus on new and exciting projects, that I slow down, try new things, try big and different things, and show a little less.

So, with the exception of NCECA 2016, this may be your last chance to get one of these cups for a while. To that end, if you are interested in adding to your collection, visit Studio KotoKoto on Friday, October 16th and enjoy!

Upcoming workshop - Morean Center For Clay

Come November 12th, I’ll be presenting a three day workshop at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, Florida, to accompany a two month solo exhibition. This workshop is rare in that it is hands on. So, if you are interested in learning more about my process or wish to get some hands-on assistance with your plaster technique, come to sunny Florida and enjoy this event with us.

Information can be found at Morean Center For Clay

Flower City Pottery Invitational

Matt Metz, Richard Aerni, and I have teamed up with the Genesee Center of Arts and Education to welcome twenty premier ceramic artists from across the country for a long weekend celebrating the best in contemporary clay. The event includes a special artist reception, pottery exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and talks by the visiting artists.

This is a unique opportunity for collectors, clay enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates finely-crafted, handmade work to meet and talk with masters of the field and see a large body of their work. Whether you prefer contemporary design or rustic tableware, hundreds of hand-crafted pots will be exhibited, and their makers will be on site to talk about and demonstrate their work. For those of you who are new to contemporary ceramics, this is the perfect opportunity to see the range of work being made with this extremely versatile material.

For more information, visit rochesterarts.org

Born in Rochester, NY, Peter Pincus is a ceramic artist and instructor. He joined the School for American Crafts as Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics in Fall 2014. Peter received his BFA (2005) and MFA (2011) in ceramics from Alfred University, and in between was a resident artist at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino,California. Since graduate school, Peter worked as the Studio Manager and Resident Artist Coordinator of the Genesee Center for Arts and Education in Rochester, NY, Adjunct Professor of three dimensional studies at Roberts Wesleyan College and has established a studio in Penfield NY.

His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Salon Art + Design, SOFA Chicago, Collective Design, Lewis Wexler Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Independent Art Projects at Mass MOCA, Greenwich House Pottery and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art. Peter's work can be found in numerous private and public collections.

What started as my curiosity for pottery and vessel has extended to include painting and sculpture, and my present work is evidence of that evolution. I believe that color interaction can elicit new ways of seeing so I have dedicated the last five years to its study. Frequently, I elect to stage conflict by introducing an assertive color field to an equally emphatic form. This friction augments and enriches perceptions of space.

I’m proud to investigate the above concepts as a potter. I believe in grounding my work within an historic study of this craft and within art as formal and cultural languages. I believe that there is significant opportunity and necessity within the field of pottery to understand how it is currently defined, and more importantly, how it could be defined in the future. My work fits within a continuum and complements a broad range of investigations into the way handmade containers relate to humanity within our place in time. I find myself increasingly engaged by this topic and equally pressed to educate myself in order to explore it.