Joseph Pintz earned his BA in anthropology and urban studies at Northwestern University and his MFA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Northern Clay Center, and the Roswell (New Mexico) Artist-in-Residence program. He has received the NCECA Emerging Artist Award as well as the Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. Pintz’s functional and sculptural ceramic work explores the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling our physical and emotional needs. Inspired by his Midwestern roots, Pintz creates mundane forms based on utilitarian vessels and other implements associated with the hand. In the process, the dense meaning of these objects is transferred into clay.