Biography

Joy has been a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association for 10 years. Her book, “Ceramics with Mixed Media” was published by A & C Black in 2006 and a new book, “Ceramic Jewellery”  was published in May 2010. She has shown her work in galleries and at festivals for over 20 years and taught in a number of Universities throughout that time.

The raku and smoke fired work has been featured in a number of books on the subject. The work is inspired by industrial objects and discarded materials. Raku fired surfaces, rich with the nuances of the reduction chamber, are combined with patinated silver leaf, enhancing and giving 'value' to the humble nature of the clay. 

The new work draws  on the same industrial forms, constructed from extruded elements and textured sheets of clay,  allowing the joins and marks of the making process to become part of the composition. Essentially still monochrome, the earthenware vessels are now cream or brown/black with splashes of grey, black or white slip.

Joy has become more interested in jewellery whilst researching the book and now makes jewellery from silver, textiles and ceramic elements.

Her work is exhibited at selective potters markets and in specialist galleries nationally.