Tinka Jordy


Tinka Jordy has been working as a professional artist for over 40 years and her work is exhibited and collected internationally.

Tinka received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 after attending The  Cleveland Institute of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute.  Tinka Jordy is a current board member of the Orange County Arts Commission Advisory Board.  

My design ethos


“The surfaces of my sculptures are full of surface cracks, fissures and imperfections that express the earth, the passing of time, our mortality, and the search for spirituality. I work on them until they look back at me.

Although the viewer is not there during the actual creation of this work, it’s my intention that the final piece will draw the viewer in to participate in the sensuality of the work, and that their perceptions will be questioned, while their emotions are evoked, through my use of the clay in its final form, scale and texture.

For over 40 years I have worked in clay as it is the one material that, if I listen closely, communicates these sentiments so beautifully.”

I have been fortunate to have had many reviews and articles about my work but this review by Andrew Hidas is I beleive the most perceptive in explaining my ethos

Sculpture info


I build my sculpture from a stoneware clay body that I mix in my studio. Over the course of many years I have created a clay body that is a combination of clays and minerals that keep expansion and contraction to a minimum, making a body that meets my goal of creating sculpture that is durable for outdoors.  

I only use slips (colored clays) rather than glazes as they will not trap moisture.

I work in a variety of techniques including thrown slabs and coil building to which I impress a multitude of textures to acheive the finished suface I have envisioned.