Reginald Pointer received his MFA from Florida State University and a BFA from Howard University. He is an educator, ceramic artist, printmaker, illustrator, and wordsmith. He was born in Washington D.C. but was raised for the most part in New England. The rural experience of Burlington Massachusetts coupled with the urban reality of the Nation’s capital shaped and formed an artist with multiple layers of creative diversity. This is clearly apparent when viewing his artwork. He is comfortable with a number of materials from paper to clay & everything in-between. Associate Professor Pointer is currently working at Howard University as the program coordinator in Ceramics, but he has also taught at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Clay House, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Grambling State University, and Penland School of Crafts. He has taught children, adults and persons with disabilities. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and if you would like to be in touch with him on a regular basis, just ask, for I’m sure he can make you a great mug.
Since leaving FSU I have been teaching Ceramics at universities, specifically Grambling State University, & Howard University, where I’m currently employed.
What I learned at FSU to get me into the teaching mindset was that I should be willing to get out of my comfort zone! Be bold, expressive, and willing to explore. FSU gave me the confidence that I have a knowledge and skill set worthy of sharing with others.
I would tell any and all students to trust in your mentors, absorb their advice, explore and challenge yourself. While at FSU I was directed down a path that I did not fully accept or understand, but after graduation the real meaning and purpose behind the teaching I was given became so crystal clear.