On The Rocks | Juried by Pete Pinnell

January, 19 – February 25, 2018

In Pewabic's third call-for-entry exhibition, esteemed educator and prolific maker Pete Pinnell juried more than 500 entries to create an exhibition in celebration of vessels for and related to drinking.

“Overall I think the quality of the work was quite high. I think people who see the show are going to be very pleased. I have a suspicion that things are going to walk out the door very quickly,” estimates Pinnell. “People interested in buying things are going to come early. I think the prices seem very reasonable.”

Visitors will experience a vast scope of work from artists as far as Singapore. Works include everything from shot glasses and sipping cups to goblets, pitchers, jugs and even a pour-over system. Pieces are available to purchase, including some in sets.

“On one hand drinking seems like something fairly simple and straightforward, but it encompasses so many traditions and practices,” says Pinnell. “It’s so varied in terms of its importance to ordinary drinking to times that are meaningful and special. I think that’s reflected in the work and the personal expressions of those that applied.”

Pinnell will speak earlier in the evening when he delivers the lecture "The Art of Drinking" at 6 PM at the College for Creative Studies. Other events related to the exhibition include Coffee & Cocoa with Honcho and Pete, featuring a Pewabic blend coffee by metro-Detroit roaster Honcho and hot chocolate by Detroit-based Pete’s Chocolate Co. on Jan. 28 and Choose Your Valentine, with samplings of cocktails created by Valentine Distilling Co., Feb. 8. The exhibition runs through Feb. 25, though Pewabic will be closed in observance of Presidents Day Feb. 19.

Pinnell awarded first place to Katie Bosley for White Double-Walled Cup; second place to Andrew McIntyre with Celadon Striped Mug; and third place to Mike Stumbras for Lost Age Mug. Pinnell also noted work by Christopher Mayse, Ray Morales, and Stephanie Osser with honorable mentions.

Pete Pinnell made his living as a potter for 12 years before moving to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he is currently Professor of Art. In addition to his teaching, he has continued to exhibit widely, with more than 120 exhibitions since 1995.

Pinnell’s work has appeared throughout the U.S., and in the Netherlands, South Africa, Japan, China, New Zealand and Australia. Images of his work have appeared in a number of noted ceramic books, Clay Times magazine, Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and Purple Sand, a Taiwanese ceramics journal. An in-depth article about his work appeared in Ceramics: Art and Perception, a noted Australian Magazine, in 2001. In March of 2001 he was a featured artist at the NCECA national conference, where he spoke and demonstrated. He has also been an active writer on ceramic art, with articles in American and Australian ceramic journals, and a regular column, "As far as I know...," which appears in Clay Times magazine.

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