Joe Pintz’s biographical introduction, found on the assistant professor’s art department webpage, describes his functional and sculptural ceramic work as the means by which he “explores the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling our physical and emotional needs.” Earthenware garden tools hung in pairs, a “ricer” and "pulper" seemingly ready for cooking, riveted “metal” scoops set to measure dry goods, rustic bowls in muted greens and blues; all glow with a warm patina unique to their muddy medium, an earthen radiance that communicates both an air of nostalgia and a brooding sense of dislocation and displacement. Duchamp famously remarked that his “readymades” represented “a point of indifference” in his art. Pintz, a Teach for America veteran whose academic background includes anthropology and urban studies, strives for exactly the opposite effect. These fond representations, icons of his Midwestern heritage, are works with “dense meaning transferred into clay,” objects that, as he put it in a recent interview, speak volumes about “how material culture functions within a society.”

Abacus
earthenware & wood, 29" x 6" x 31"
Calendar
earthenware, 14" x 18.5" x 2"
Corrugated Servers
earthenware, 4.25" x 12.75" x 12.75" (largest)
Cranberry Scoop
earthenware, 6" x 13" x 5.5"
Cream Separators
earthenware, 14.5" x 16.5" x 9"
Tumblers
earthenware, 3" x 3" x 4.25"
Short-handled Flat Shovel & Short-handled Scoop Shovel
earthenware, 24" x 4" x 42"
Double Dish, Small Dishes, Oval Bowl & Small Cup
Double Dish: 1.25" x 7.5" x 6.75", Oblong Dish: 1.25" x 7.25" x 3.25",
Small Dish: 1.25" x 6" x 4.25", Oval Bowl: 2" x 6.5" x 5.25", Juice Cup: 2.75" H (each)
Dry Measures
earthenware, 16" x 16" x 12"
Flower Bricks
Red: 4" x 13" x 6.75" Orange: 4" x 15.75" x 7.75"
Sickle, Billhook, Weeding Trowel, Wide Trowel & Narrow Trowel
earthenware, 14" x 28" x 3"
Cultivator, Claw Hoe & Fork
earthenware, 13" x 14" x 5"
Grain Bucket
earthenware, 10" x 10" x 6.5"
Hexagonal Weights
earthenware, 8" x 8" x 12"
Installation View of Garden Tool Series
earthenware, dimensions variable
Muffin Tin
earthenware, 16" x 12.5" x 2"
Pulper
earthenware, 7" x 18" x 4"
Hayrake, Flat Hoe, Serrated Hoe, Rake & Gardening Tool Rack
earthenware & wood, 11" x 60" x 64"
Ricer
earthenware, 5" x 12" x 5"
Rocking Chopper
earthenware, 2.5" x 12" x 7"
Sink
earthenware & wood, 23" x 36" x 40"
Teapots
earthenware, 6" x 12" x 5.5" (each)
Thick Bowls
earthenware, 7" x 7" x 3.5" (largest)
Troughs
Half-Round Troughs: 23.5" x 13.5" x 6" (each), Circular Pig Trough: 26.5" x 26.5" x 6",
Oblong Trough: 32" x 11" x 4.5"
Utensils
earthenware & wood, 20" x 1.5" x 12"
Wheelbarrow
earthenware & mixed media, 57" x 23" x 24"

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