Peter Pincus "Accomplice"
Plinth Gallery is pleased inaugurate our 2015 exhibition schedule with the colorful ceramic work of Peter Pincus. Peter began his studies at Genesee Pottery while in high school, then attended Alfred University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. Upon graduation, he moved to northern California, where he was awarded a residency at the Mendocino Art Center. From 2006-2009, Peter served as the studio manager and instructor at the Turk Hill Craft School in Fairport, NY, followed by completion of his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in 2011. Peter has come full circle and is currently the studio manager at the Genesee Pottery, where his studies began. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. Peter has a studio in Penfield, NY, and spends much of his free time sanding plaster, playing with colored slip and taping bisque-ware.
His highly decorative ceramic vessels are studies in both color and form. The pieces in this exhibition are all made in a relationship to the color or composition of what he refers to as a “partner piece.” Using colored clays and mold making techniques, Pincus deftly crafts highly decorative wares that are “three dimensional paintings out of pots.” He combines hard edge color arrangements that effortlessly float on the surfaces of his ceramic forms. He uses the vessel form as a canvas: pattern and symmetry occupy the surface and articulate the structure of his forms. His ceramics are opulent, full of color and either richly presented with a covering of clear glaze, or left unglazed, with those sections lush and soft to the touch, deeply saturated with ceramic pigment that permeates through the entire piece.
Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan describes Pincus’ ceramics as “highly structured vessels”, calling Pincus an exquisite craftsman, whose melding of surface and form together in subtle ways excites our sensibilities about ceramics. Pincus understands the simple concepts of line and edge, playing them off of each other with a fastidious attention to both form and color.
Peter Pincus’ exhibition “Accomplice” opens on First Friday, February 6th from 6pm-9pm, the event is free of charge and open to the public. The work will be on display through March 28th. For more information, contact Plinth Gallery at 303-295-0717 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Plinth Gallery is a proud member of the River North Art District (www.rivernorthart.com).