I, Tini Pinto, am a ceramic artist, and my primary focus is on wheel thrown ceramics. I have lived an adventurous life, traveling and living around the world. I founded Tini Pinto Ceramics in 2012 while living in Bermuda.I now create ceramics at my fully equipped pottery studio at my home in Connecticut.
My love affair with clay started twenty five years ago as an art student in India. Since the turn of the century, I have mastered my skill at various art centers around the U.S. and have been working independently for the last eleven years.
My art is a response to my immediate surroundings and I believe "all art is an osmosis of sensory stimuli into a physical manifestation of our experiences."
I love nature, and am most inspired by it, both flora and fauna. My current collection, Biomorphosis is a portmanteau of the words, biophilia and metamorphosis. Simple wheel thrown pieces go through a metamorphosis when multiple pieces are combined together , textured, and sculpted, creating biophilic vessels. With these vessels I hope to evoke a feeling of jaimais vu, something that seems familiar and yet is novel and unexpected.
In 2013, while living in Bermuda, my collection, Wrecks & Reefs, was a compulsive response to the splendor of Bermuda. I was recognized for this collection when won the Made in Bermuda Awards in 2015 . I was then featured on the cover of the Bermudian, the island’s national magazine.
In 2016, the Island continued to capture my imagination even after I moved back to the U.S. I created my next collection, Treasures from the Triangle. Pieces in this collection are an ode to the ecological diversity and the living mythologies of sunken gilded treasures in the Bermuda Triangle. They caught the eye of interior designer, Robert Passal, who represented my work at his showroom along with featuring a piece at the Kips Bay Show house in New York. My work from this collection has also been featured in Create Magazine, at the Greenwich Arts Society and at the Rockland Arts online exhibition.
In 2020, during the pandemic, I found solace in my pottery studio. I decided to create dinnerware to keep me disciplined and maintain a routine when it felt impossible to do so. As an immigrant, I find the idea of home intriguing. While I was self-isolating in my current home here in the U.S, I missed my family and home in India. There were feelings of uncertainty and longing along with an appreciation for having the space and time to create. I channeled my feelings into my Lotus Dinnerware collection. It is a take on the timeless blue and white pottery with an ode to my Indian heritage. This collection was a finalist on the Flair with Dinnerware competition hosted by ICAN, Potters Council.
I create limited edition pieces for every new collection. My work is coveted for its uniqueness by my clients around the world. I work tirelessly, to bring to life new work which attempts to capture the duality of life by finding harmony in the juxtaposition of opposites, and transcending the expected.