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Joe Pinder - Pinder Pottery, Inc - Galena, IL

I did not have a conscious decision in high school to have the dream of making pottery as a profession.  As a young child, I made dough art, use oven fired sculpture clay, knitted, made pull rugs, and made pillows.  I even made sand sculpture using sand under swings in parks. I made hundreds of drawings, paintings and sculptures through high school and through college.

I never thought to make functional pottery.  From my view, I simply did not have any interest and did not see the value in making pottery that has been mass produced from commercial businesses for last 200 years which is stocked in every big box stores and small retail stores.

My advisor in college signed me up for an entry level pottery course in 1985 during my 2nd year of college.  On my first day of pottery class at North Central College, I made what was comfortable.  I made a life-sized sculpture of one of my gym shoes that I was wearing that day, while other classmates made pinch pots.  I have always enjoyed a challenge and do not want to make the ordinary or simple.One of the challenges every artist makes every day is to choose their canvas, color scheme and surface texture.  My clay color, color scheme and designs have been purposefully chosen because of my drawing, painting and sculpture background.  I believe that clay surface should be a complimentary surface to the glaze decoration and not hidden with glaze. There is a visual texture on the pottery surface that not only can be seen in drawings, paintings, and sculptures, but can only be touched without a glaze on the surface.  My forms are strong, meaningful, and purposeful forms