“I’m Celebrating Life as a Clay Artist.” Bernie Pintar
Meet Bernie Pintar.
Today I went to see him in the Sculpture Studio in the basement of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
He graciously agreed to be in my People at Work Series.
Originally from East Pittsburgh, he’s a 1972 graduate of the Ivy School of Professional Art which was a six story building in downtown Pittsburgh Market Square ( no longer there)- I looked it up and saw that Artist Activist Keith Haring went there, too.
And here is the amazing part of Bernie’s story- He started in clay in 2009. WOW!
A tribute to Cecil the Lion
River Styx Cruise and Detail
So here is how Bernie packages his stunning ceramic artwork-
he has “nests” for them and see where it says HEAD? He learned how to package his artwork like the Television Repairman who used to come fix his mother’s Zenith- Frank G. smelled like mothballs he remembers
He’d come with a box and say “I have the tube for your set.” and it was in a box with handles, just the way Bernie now makes his carriers. That’s where he learned that method. Frank G the TV repairman.
Dragon Peacock Teapot
An entry for the International Invitational Teapot show at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Shadyside April 9- May 29th 2017
The Piece below is titled Da Burgh
an entry for upcoming Pittsburgh Society of Artists- da Burgh Show to be held at the FrameHouse and Jask Gallery in Lawrenceville Friday June 9- Friday June 30, 2017
That tiny piece that looks like wire or spaghetti? It is CLAY
Everything on the sculpture moves
from a different angle
Below- a bisque ware piece. What it looks like before the glaze-
Here’s another quote from Bernie
“I don’t go to bed to sleep anymore…..I go to dream.” He shared with me that Transcendental Meditation saved his life.