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Joy Brown Workshop

Sculpting with Joy - 2005

Joy will be teaching the coil-pinch-paddle method she uses to create her large, wood-fired figure sculptures. She will demonstrate the basic techniques and lead participants in a hands-on sculpting exercise. Joy will also talk about living in Japan and her apprenticeship, how these affected her clay work, and how her work and life have evolved together since. Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, only 15 participants will be enrolled.

The workshop and slide lecture are being held in conjunction with an exhibit of Joy's work at The Signature Shop gallery in Buckhead.

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Artist talk w/slides
October 8, 2005, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
One day Workshop
Hands On October 9, 2005
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Joy Brown Bio

A child of medical missionaries to Japan, I spent eighteen years of my life there. After college in the United States, I returned to Japan to work as an apprentice in pottery for four years. In the rigorous discipline of a traditional Japanese apprenticeship, working with clay became a way of life.

During that time I was required to make thousands of cups, never firing one. Submission to the demands of this process tought me the technical skills, a disciplined concentration, and an understanding of and respect for the clay. It also taught me that my experience while working with clay is just as important as the finished piece. Whether it is a pot or a sculpture, ceramic or bronze, the piece will reflect the spirit in which it was made.

I now work in Kent, Connecticut, where I built a 28-foot-long Japanese style anagama wood-firing kiln. A year of my work is fired at once, in an intense 24-hour-a-day, week-long firing. The resulting warm rich colors and rugged texture are gifts of heat and ash to the clay, bringing life to the unglazed forms.

Joy Brown Resume

One Person Exhibitions:
Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT, 1989-2004

Elena Zang Gallery, Shady (Woodstock), NY 2003
Hiro Gallery, Wakayama, Japan, 2002
Kumagai Museum, Tokyo, 1994 Au Gallery, Osaka, 1994
Paris-New York-Bangkok Gallery, Thailand, 1994
Gallery Gianna Sistu, Paris, 1993
Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, Kent, CT, 1988
Departure Gallery, New York, NY, 1983-1991
Mingei Gallery, New York, NY, 1981
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Elena Zang Gallery, Shady (Woodstock), NY, 1997-2004
Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2003-2004
Munson Gallery, Chatham, MA, 2004
Seton Gallery, Univ. of New Haven, CT, The Fire Within, 2004
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa, International Juried Wood Five, 2004
Germain Keller Gallery, New York, NY, Passionate Fire, 2003
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, Clay, Wood, Fire, Salt, 2001
Worcester Center for Crafts, MA, Invoking the Source: The Ancient Feminine, 2001
Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isles, ME, Thirty Stokers, 2000
University of Iowa Museum of Arts, International Wood-fire Exhibition, 1999
Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC, Wood, Salt, Soda: Atmospheric Fired Ceramic, 1999
Brookfield Craft Center, CT, Woodfire in America, 1996
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, Clay, Wood, and Fire, 1996
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT, Containers, 1992
Wheeler-Seidel Gallery, New York, NY, 1990-1992
University of Iowa Museum of Arts, American Woodfire, 1991
Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award, 2003
One Earth, One Family wall mural commission, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, 2002
Presenter, 1st & 2nd International Wood-fire Conference, Iowa University, 1991, 1999
Co-founded Still Mountain Center to foster East-West artistic exchange, 1998
Featured in The New York Times; The International Herald Tribune; House and Garden; Ceramics Monthly; Studio Potter; Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain (Jack Troy); Whimsy in the Garden (Martin & Brown); 500 Figures in Clay (V. Gunter)
Ruth Chenven Foundation grant for kiln construction, 1986
Wakayama Museum award in ceramic sculpture, 1981
Raised and schooled in Japan, 1951-1968
B.A. in Fine Arts, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, 1972
Ceramic apprenticeships in Japan, 1975-1978
Researched kilns and potteries in Korea and Japan, including Okinawa, 1978