Cynthia Bringle

Cynthia BRingle

(b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee) lives and works in Penland, North Carolina
Salt-glazed Teapot, 1973
stoneware, 11.25 x 7 x 5.5 inches, 93.39.253a and b

In the spring of 1971, the Tennessee Arts Commission pledged its support for the promotion and establishment of the US International Ceramics Symposium (where this teapot was created). The State of Tennessee was honored to host an event of such importance to international cultural exchange and to have the opportunity to strengthen and expand the ties of friendship with the nations represented at the symposium. The basic objective for the event was to build a network of support for ceramic art worldwide. – Lewis Snyder

Sponsors for the symposium were The National Endowment for the Arts; Memphis Academy of Arts; Southwestern at Memphis; and the Tennessee Arts Commission under the auspices of the International Academy of Ceramics and the Verband International Ceramics Symposiums.

Bringle earned a B.F.A. from Memphis Academy of Art and an M.F.A. from Alfred University in New York. Together with her twin sister, Bringle runs a pottery gallery in Penland. She has taught workshops nationwide and at Penland School of Crafts since 1970. She is a fellow of the American Craft Council, a recipient of the North Carolina Award for Fine Art in 2002, and was awarded a Life Membership in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Bringle also received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art in 2005, and was honored as a North Carolina Living Treasure from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Her work is in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Burlington Art Centre, Tennessee State Museum, the Tennessee Arts Commission as well as the Asheville Art Museum and the High Museum of Art. Bringle also carries the honorary title of Mayor of Penland.

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