Joyce Inderbitzin Pottery
I started my formal art training, studying Art Education at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. I learned how to run an active pottery when I apprenticed with Cleota Reed in Syracuse, NY. Since then, I have taken instruction from several nationally known ceramicists. In Virginia, I joined the Torpedo Factory Art Center in 1974. I am an original member. I taught and directed The Art Leagueâ€™s Pottery Workshop for 16 years, housed at the TFAC. I also taught two years for Northern Virginia Community College. Moving to Pennsylvania, I opened and ran a mixed media gallery in New Hope for two years and now am part of Red Tulip Gallery in Newtown, which I helped form. My work is in institutional installations, used for corporate awards, in Trenton City Museumâ€™s permanent collection, plus private collections worldwide.
Much of my work is high fire stoneware. I use various construction methods but mostly throw my pieces on the potterâ€™s wheel. My stoneware needs good form before I draw designs into it or pierce through the sides. In most cases, I carve the rim to accent piercings. Applying layers of my original glazes, enhances their form with grace and depth of color, showing off the linear patterns and pierced designs. My functional work has to function well.
I also do Raku, a type of firing. With this method in mind, I shape my pieces, applying texture and/or appendages during the making. I use shiny glazes, smoking them in the after burn, to bring out lush, sometimes iridescent, colors. I join them to matte glazed surfaces which are flamed, producing a myriad of color. I like the shiny/matte combination for contrast. After the firing, I accent some with a composite of various beads, found feathers, faux fur, and/or horse hair.