Bracker’s is excited that Peter Pincus will be one of our three presenters for our Pre-NCECA workshop, “it could be anything”  The title of this workshop came of a joint discussion between Peter and co-presenters, Linda Lopez & Ryan LaBar.  One handbuilder, one thrower, and one slipcaster….”what will this workshop BE,” they discussed….the answer, though simplistic, was true…

it could be anything

…and so it shall be, and whatever that is, you won’t want to miss it.  Conversations between the three artists continue as they plan their approach to this workshop.  Each will demonstrate their own methods, but all three will combine to collaborate on a piece.  Throughout the two day workshop, there will be conversations about MAKERS who inspire them, MENTORS who influenced them, and MILESTONES they’ve had along the way.  This workshop on March 13-14 will be the perfect preparation for the 50th anniversary NCECA conference, “Makers, Mentors & Milestones.”


Today, we take this opportunity to introduce you to Peter Pincus.  Peter works in colored porcelain to create three dimensional paintings out of pots. His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Icheon World Ceramics Center, AKAR Gallery, TRAX Gallery, Plinth Gallery, the Art of the Pot studio tour, the American Pottery Festival, Greenwich House Pottery and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art. A recipient of the NICHE award for slip cast ceramics, Peter’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections. In 2012, Ceramics Monthly featured Peter’s work on the cover and in the article “Painting Pots from the Inside.”

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.

As a graduate of Alfred’s undergraduate and graduate program, Peter is in high demand and has fulfilled roles of professor, to studio manager, to visiting artist, lecturer, panelist, resident, and board member in 20 different places in the last decade.  We are extremely lucky to have him rounding out our trio for this exciting upcoming pre-conference workshop, which may prove to be one of the last opportunities to see him work first hand.

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.

In the video below from 2012, you can learn a little more about Peter, his art background, his influences and his techniques & processes:

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.

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