The Art of Pottery at Good Hope

With a gentle slam, the clay hits the wheel, and just seconds later is transformed from a shapeless lump into a graceful bowl. David Pinto makes it look easy. But then, he’s been doing this for almost all his life.

He didn’t set out to become a potter, he tells us while taking a thin wire and cutting the bowl free from the wheel with one quick slice. “I did other things like industrial design, but pottery kept calling me back.”

And apparently, it called him all the way back from New York City and Providence, where he studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, to this gentle, quiet corner of the Good Hope Estate.

Chukka-Jamaica-Culture-Pottery-David-Pinto-Good-Hope-2Take the Good Hope Cultural Explorers tour, and feel free to wander past David’s studio and watch him work. Come on a Tuesday and you could even take a class. And if he’s not busy moulding clay or feeding his special wood-fired kilns, which fire for 50 hours and require constant tending, he’ll tell you about his inspiration and show you some of his work.

“My form is very loose and expressive,” says David, who creates everything from functional cups and bowls to larger, more abstract pieces. His work is regularly exhibited in the United States, Japan, and at the National Gallery in Jamaica.

Want to take a piece home? They’re for sale in the gift shop, naturally.

Did you know… David made the sinks you’ll find in the washroom at Good Hope Estate.

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