Joy Brown

"My figures speak to me of that peaceful place in myself - calm, open, aware.

My art reflects the influence of my childhood in Japan and of the rigorous discipline of my apprenticeship in traditional Japanese wood-fired ceramics. Wood firing and working with clay became a way of life, defining an aesthetic that guides my work and life.

For 40 years, my work with clay has challenged and nurtured me, enriched and transformed my life. The work has evolved from vessels and animal shapes to the human-like forms and abstract wall reliefs of recent years. The changes have come out of my relationship to the materials and process—the clay, kiln, firing, and my changing intentions. For the past 20 years I have also been working in bronze—most recently in China, where I’ve made larger-than-life figures for public spaces.

The forms I make—pots and sculpture, bronze and ceramic—are a tangible expression of my evolving inner self. There is beauty and power in their quiet simplicity."

Education

 

1978 - Researched kilns and potteries in Korea and Japan

1975-1978-  Ceramic apprenticeships, with Ichino Toshio Tamba, Japan

 Morioka Shigeyoshi Wakayama, Japan

1972 - B.A. in Fine Arts, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

1951-1968 - Raised and schooled in Japan

Private and Public collections

Horokan Museum, 20 meter ceramic wall mural, One World, Amami- Oshima, Japan

Western Connecticut State University, large scale bronze figures, Danbury, CT

The Bauhinia (HK Chamber of Commerce), large scale bronze figures Ning Bo, PRC

Horokan Museum, large scale bronze figures and wall mural installation, Amami- Oshima, Japan

Mattatuck Museum, Sitter, Waterbury, CT

Canadian Academy, Earth, Water, Sky, mural commission, Kobe, Japan

Jing’An International Sculpture Park, Large scale bronze figures, Shanghai, PRC

University of North Carolina, Currents, mural installation, Asheville, NC

Yodogawa Christian Hospital, Song of Life, mural commission, Osaka, Japan

Hartford Hospital, One Earth, One Family, mural commission, Hartford, CT

Solo Exhibitions

 

2022

Shanghai Minhang Park Exhibition, Shanghai, PRC

2018

Joy Brown on Broadway, NY, NY

Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT

Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon, NY

2013 - 2017

Kerry Centre, Shanghai, PRC

2015

Tianjing Hang Lung Gwang Chang, Tianjing, PRC Sara Gallery, New York, NY

2011

Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT

2010

Hudson Beach Glass, Philadelphia, PA Art Within Gallery, Kent, CT

2008

Marie Trichet Gallery, Litchfield, CT Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon NY

2007

Coady Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 1989–2006

2006

Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT

2005

Elena Zang Gallery, Shady (Woodstock), NY

 Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 Munson Gallery, Chatham, MA

2002

Hiro Gallery, Wakayama, Japan

1994

Kumagai Museum, Tokyo

 Au Gallery, Osaka

1994

Paris–New York–Bangkok Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

1993

Galery Gianna Sistu, Paris, France

1988

Paris–New York–Kent Gallery, Kent, CT

1983-1991

Departure Gallery, New York, NY

1981

Mingei Gallery, New York, NY

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Recliner

Bronze 

2018

Ed AP2

22h x 67L x 31d cm

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Sitter looking to side

Bronze 

2019

Ed AP3

61h x 50w x 56d cm

Selected Group Exhibitions


2021

First Shamian Public Art Exhibition, Shamian Island, Guangzhou, PRC

2020

Shanghai FISH International Sculpture Park, Shanghai, PRC

2012-2017

Leo Galley, Shanghai/Hong Kong, PRC

2010-2016

Shanghai Art Fair, PRC

1997-2016

Elena Zang Gallery, Shady (Woodstock), NY

2014

Hong Kong Art Centre, The Human Conditions, Hong Kong, PRC

2010, 2014

Moon Gallery, Nara, Japan

2010

La Borne Ceramic Center, L’Amour de Feu, La Borne, France

2004-2010

Munson Gallery, Chatham, MA

2002-2010

Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1987-2009

Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, Ct

Boscobel Sculpture Garden, Cold Springs, NY

 Tainan University, Taiwan

2008

Heinz Center, Philadelphia, PA

2007

Fuller Museum, Fire and Ash, Brockton, MA

2006

Dubuque Museum of Art, Innovation in Contemporary Clay, Iowa

 Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Architectural Echoes in Clay, NC

 AKAR, Ohio City, OH

 Weber Fine Art, Greenwich CT

2005

Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

2005

Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NY, NY

2004

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, International Wood Fire Exhibition, IA

2001

Ohio Craft Museum, Clay, Wood, Fire, Salt, Columbus, OH

 Worcester Center for Crafts, The Ancient Feminine, MA

1999

University of Iowa Museum of Arts, International Wood-fire Exhibition, IA

 Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC

1996

Brookfield Craft Center, Woodfire in America, Brookfield, CT

 Northern Clay Center, Clay, Wood, and Fire, Minneapolis, MN

1992

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT

1990-1992

Wheeler-Seidel Gallery, New York, NY

1991

University of Iowa Museum of Arts, American Woodfire, Iowa City, IA

Professional activity and awards

2015

Clay Art Center, presenter, Divergent Currents, Portchester, NY

2010

La Borne Ceramic Center, presenter, L’Amour De Feu, La Borne, France

2009

Tainan University, presenter, International Wood Firing Conference, Taiwan

2006

Hotchkiss, presenter, Clay - The Art of Earth and Fire, Lakeville, CT

2003

Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award, Hartford, CT

1998

Founded Still Mountain Center to foster East–West artistic exchange

1986

Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation grant for kiln construction, NY

1981

Wakayama Museum, award for ceramic sculpture, Wakayama, Japan