From: Chelsea, Michigan
How long have you been doing your art/craft? Since 1960 for photography and 2000 for pottery
What is your specialty? Landscapes and cityscapes, nature and portrait photography Thrown and altered pottery as well as handbuilt decorative and functional ware
Awards, publications, recognition? Joan has exhibited at the Greater Flints Arts Council, the Lawrence Street Gallery, JourneyWorks Gallery, Riverside Arts Center and the Starkweather Gallery in Michigan, as well as organizing a group show through the University of Michigan Gifts of Art program and a duo show at Gallery 55 of the Turner Resource Center. She also has exhibited at SCOV galleries, the TCI complex in Tucson and Springbox Gallery in Portland Oregon. She was featured as an emerging artist at the 2007 original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. She won an award from the Michigan Newspaper Association for sports photography and was featured as the cover artist on the Huron River Review. Joan was a founding member of Chelsea’s West of the Moon Gallery and her work was part of the Downstairs Gallery in Chelsea and often seen at Chelsea Center for the Arts. She is currently exhibited in the permanent collections of Chelsea First United Methodist Church and Chelsea Community Hospital and is represented at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico. Member of Southern Arizona Clay Association and 2015 President of the SCOV Clay Club as well as Current Secretary of the Gift Shop Advisory Board.
Speaking as photographer and a greeting-card maker, Joan tells us, “I have been a photographer ever since I received my first Brownie camera at the age of ten. Always a recorder of the small slices of life around me, I’ve had a camera to my eye at every opportunity, and I’m seldom without some sort of camera with me at all times. Photography is about writing with light, and I love to find the light and make it show things I would miss if I just were not looking.”
Joan’s photographic note cards let you share her visual stories with friends and relatives.
Speaking as a potter, she says, “Clay came into my life when I turned fifty and wanted more art in my life. I am hooked and usually in the clay room whenever possible. My pieces are both hand built and wheel thrown, ranging from a slight obsession with rabbits dressed as all sorts of people to cutting up wheel thrown forms to make odd shaped vases or just small tea sets, anything to get my hands dirty.”