Celebrating Life as a Clay Artist

“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!

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River Styx Cruise and Detail

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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.

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 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

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That tiny piece that looks like wire or spaghetti?  It is CLAYimg_3938img_3939img_3940

Everything on the sculpture moves

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Da Burgh

from a different angle

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Below- a bisque ware piece. What it looks like before the glaze-

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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.

 

Sculpture from Repurposed Tires

Sculpted in October 2003 by Mr. Rowland P. Buzza. It is made from repurposed tires.

You can see where he signed the bottom of the statue below.Complete with a certificate of authenticity. Mr. Buzza also built Soap Box Racers.This was a gift to Steve from Mr. Buzza.  img_3096

Lee Van Cleef  “The Bad”

The Good the Bad and the Ugly was released in 1966

Full of Grace

Graceful.   The Weekly Photo Challenge

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If you’ve followed me you might recognize this image from a 2011 blog post of almost six years ago. Mother Mary- Springtime NYC

Mother Mary- Springtime NYC

 

Someone placed a bouquet in the crook of her arm.   Today’s post remembers friend and poet Christina Murdock who passed one year ago today, a week short of her thirtieth birthday.

from Let it Be by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

 

The Real World by Tom Otterness

img_0539Artist Tom Otterness created The Real World installed in 1992

(You can see more of his artwork Life Underground at the 14th Street-Eighth Avenue Subway Station)

Also known as Penny Park  along the Hudson River in New York City.

Michael, Jack and Maura enjoyed exploring the bronze sculptures.

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We were headed to the Staten Island Ferry- at the end of the day our walking total was just shy of nine miles.

Exploring Homestead

Saturday afternoon in Homestead PA. Just across the Monongahela River.You take the Homestead Grays Bridge.

Annex Cookery has moved across the street into a wonderfully restored building and is now Art Space as well, featuring lots of interesting furniture, sculptures and art. Check out those fun and creative clocks! Delicious coffee will be served in a couple of weeks, once the rest of the chairs are delivered.

Trib Article David Lewis

Meet the Mayor of Homestead Betty Esper

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Just down the block is Studio AM  (available for private events-catering

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Retro on 8th sent out the invitations. They have everything from furniture music, books, toys, jewelry, clothing and even a huge mid-century orange ashtray.

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Meet RetroOn8th Co-Owner Hayley

 

 

In the same building as Annex Cookery and Art Space– I got the tour (thanks Daniel)

if you need well lit office space….just $1500 a month-   if you’re interested leave a comment below.

and upstairs is a spacious 2stories of fabulous loft apartment to rent……

You can live and work in the same building.

 

Chainsaw Artist Transforms Trees into Art

Bridgeport, Washington is a small town on the Columbia River, near  Chief Joseph Dam.  The town’s old sycamore trees, which lined the main street, were in sad shape but instead of being cut down, chainsaw artist Jacob Lucas has transformed them into incredible sculptures.

With a CHAINSAW!

(And by the way he does custom orders if you have a tree stump in need of being transformed.)

Salmon, quail, wolves, cougars, bear, the logging industry, deer, farming, pelicans, beavers, dragonfly, bees and honeycomb, eagles and other native species are a few of the themes of the tree sculptures.

See an owl swoop down to catch  jackrabbit below.

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Coppelia Diner in Chelsea 

Coppelia Cuban Diner open 24-7  where chefs dine after work 

14th Street between 7th & 

8th Ave 

Cafe Con Leche

Freshly baked pastries and cheese rolls 

Dos Huevos (over) Cuban Toast   Chimicurri Home Fries 



After breakfast we walked along the Highline where we saw this 

Artist Tony Matelli’s sculpture Sleepwalker Sleepwalker sculpture wakes you up article 


On Top of the World

The city of Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington (elevation 6,289) just before sunset, Monday evening.

Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge 

and a big nod to  Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the sculpture garden- Walker Art Center   The spoon weighs 5,800 pounds the cherry 1,200 pounds. I saw this sculpture when we visited Matthew when he was a student at Macalester College in St. Paul. It came to mind when I was thinking about photographing a cherry on top for the weekly photo challenge.

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And the cell phone shots below to compare which I thought looked better than the good camera.

Cherry on a spike and one of my gray hairs and the Duquesne Incline


Without the spoon, the city in focus

Cloud Arbor by Ned Kahn

North Side Pittsburgh.  In front of the Children’s Museum. After a fun day at the museum, before we walk to the car, we like to check out the Cloud Arbor. Jack and Maura were enjoying  the cool mist and an unidentified cyclist drove through to cool off. Click to watch  Cloud Arbor by Ned Kahn,  a video of the mist and the cyclist

Laura and Charles head to the wall to sit down Artist Ned Kahn

Waiting for the mist to appear 

200 Tons of Sand Divided by 5

My friend Roberta called me today. What a great find for the blog! She told me about the cool competition happening in front of the main Carnegie Library.  Pittsburgh themed and sand sculptures being created by five international teams of two, right under a big tent in Oakland.

The competition is over Friday afternoon at three-“Trowels Down”

200 tons of sand from a quarry was delivered to the walkway in front of the museum, then moved by a front loader.

Each team received 40 tons of sand to sculpt.

IMG_2860International Sand Sculptor Katsuhiko Chaen  has a Sand Museum in Japan

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IMG_2917Teammate Bruce Phillips from San Diego concentrating on details of “Dear Andy”.

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Teammates Andrius Petkus from Lithuania and Maxim Gazendam the Netherlands creating “The Pearl”IMG_2912“The Pearl”

 

 

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“Master of Steel”

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Jon Woodworth from Texas and Karen Fralich from Ontario Canada work on their sculpture “Master of Steel”

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Fergus Mulvany from Ireland and Thomas Koet from Florida

“The Renaissance of Pittsburgh”

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“Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio  The Three Graces of Pittsburgh”

Teammates Ilya Filimontsev from Russia &  Susanne Ruseler of the Netherlands

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IMG_2943Sifting the sand to get rid of the rubble

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IMG_2946Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Main

IMG_2942If you want to try your hand at sculpting sand, here is a link from Katsuhiko Chaen  to the Sand Museum in Japan on how to do it.

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