Joan is a sculptor working mainly in porcelain and mixed media. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Joan taught at many universities including Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan, and was Chairman of Ceramics and Glass at Ohio University. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Art and Design, at the University of Michigan. Her work is in several permanent museum collections including Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Detroit Institute of Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Canton Art Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, Special Collections, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Butler Institute of American Art, Arnold Glimcher Collection, and in many private collections.
My work is conceived as a concept/metaphor and presented as abstract, porcelain sculpture. Most of my work is unglazed, allowing the translucency of the porcelain to dominate, while light and shadows add subtle depth. I work minimally using only those parts necessary to complete each form. Tension is created in each piece using contrasting elements like black/white, smooth/rough, hard/soft, and organic/architectural. Repetitive forms add strength to my work. I am continually inspired by dance, music, shape, and form.
I work directly with materials without a preconceived plan in a series of approximately ten to thirty pieces. Through investigation, exploration, and evaluation, each new form leads me to the next construction. This “discovery” provides excitement, fulfillment, and feeds my passion.