Joy Brown BiographyLOCATED: South Kent, Connecticut
PROCESS: Wood Fired in an Anagama Kiln
Joy Brown StatementI love working with clay! It is a path of self discovery and adventure. For 35 years the discipline of clay challenges and nurtures, enriches and transforms my life, taking me to places inside and outside of myself that I never could have imagined. Whether it be pots or sculpture, bronze or ceramic wall reliefs, the forms I make are a tangible reflection and expression of this evolving inner self.My work reflects the influence of the Japanese aesthetic resulting from my childhood in Japan and apprenticeship in traditional Japanese ceramics. In this rigorous discipline of apprenticeship, working with clay became a way of life, defining for me an aesthetic that guides my work as well as my way of living and of being human. I now work in Kent CT where I built my studio and 30 foot long Japanese style wood-firing tunnel kiln (anagram).
For the past 18 years I have also been working in bronze, making my figures small and larger than life size. This opens up opportunities to have larger works in public places.My ceramic and bronze sculpture has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Art News, House and Garden and Ceramics Monthly. In 1998 I co-founded with Denny Cooper, Still Mountain Center, a non profit art organization to foster East-West artistic exchange (www.stillmountaincenter.org). In 2003 I received the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award.I have learned that art is a way of perceiving the world, of living with a sense of mystery, curiosity and passion. Living out of that creative place in ourselves we are most alive, connected and fulfilled. LIfe is good!