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Ceramics by Joan Iverson

Joan Iverson - Sisters

Joan Iverson - Sisters, 2008
glazed stoneware  Left 8 x 2.5 x 5 inches; Right 8 x 2.5 x 7.5 inches

These two pieces were cut from a two-walled vessel, then completed to form two complimentary, functional pitchers, The Sister Pitchers.





Joan Iverson - First Signs of Erosion

Joan Iverson   First Signs of Erosion   2013   glazed stoneware   6 x 9 x 8 inches






Joan Iverson - Debate, 2008
glazed stoneware  Left 9 x 3.5 x 3 inches - Right Piece 12 x 3.5 x 3 inches

On both pieces, the base reflects the use of hand building with soft clay. When I put them together for the photo, they appeared to have strong opinions.




Joan Iverson - Foundation

Joan Iverson - Foundation, 2006
wood fired stoneware-ash glaze - 13 x 9.5 x 3.5 inches

Wood Firing a kiln is a tribal affair, stoking often over a 36 hour period. It is a group effort, with all the ware huddled closely in the path of the heat and ash. Each piece is an unpredictable gift.




Joan Iverson - Illusion

Joan Iverson - Illusion, 2008
glazed B - Mix 10 - 10 x 5 x 5.5 inches

This piece begins the next Family of my work. Each member will reflect this active surface as part of its surface. This body of work will be shown in Palestine, TX, October, 2008.




Joan Iverson - Empty Nest

Joan Iverson - Empty Nest, 2005
glazed stoneware - 6 x 9 x 8 inches



Joan Iverson - Wrapped Bottle

Joan Iverson - Wrapped Bottle, 2007
glazed stoneware - 12 x 5 x 5 inches


Joan Iverson
P.O. Box 4310
Tyler, TX 75712
Cell: 903-830-1016
Phone: 903 526-7256

Artist Statement

My work flows from the impressionistic and plastic nature of the clay. Use of patterns and surface decorations signify evidence of life, all the while investigating the levels of communicating the intelligence contained therein.

A major influence of my becoming an artist was a segment of James Burk's TV show Connections, in which he noted that we all had the same things in our wallet, plastic comb, drivers license, credit card, etc. For me, these are things that identify us a part of a global tribe. So the next question for me is "What defines me as an individual?" This is the driving force to find individuality in the final work, again pointing to a basic message of"We are here" and"You are touching what I have touched?. Functionality is a secondary, but still desirable result.

Several hand-built pieces are generated at the same stages, using related modifications of construction and/or patterns. This type of grouping is termed a Family, which can be easily identified by the viewer in their final forms, through their similar characteristics or glazing.

Artist Biography

Studied Ceramics at Tyler Junior College since 2005 and works from Home Studio.
Attended National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference in March, 2007.
Currently enrolled in Tyler Junior College Ceramics course.

Current works showing at For the Love of Art Gallery, Tyler, TX, Art Gallery & Design, Kilgore, TX, and in private collections across the United States. Won several awards for Ceramics at Tyler Junior College. Contributes to several organizations including, Make a Wish Foundation, Tyler Junior College and The ART of Surviving AIDS. Supporter and participant of the semi-annual Edom Wood Firing for Ceramic Artists.

A Life of It’s Own Ceramics show with Brandon Scott at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX
Thoughts on Fire Group Ceramic Show at Kelly Community Credit, Tyler, TX
Featured Artist on Ceramics Daily web site

Ceramic Works from TJC show at Kelly Community Credit, Tyler, TX
9th Annual All-Media Exhibition juried show at Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
The Local Show by Taylor-Watts Studio, Nacogdoches, TX

Art on the Wing show at Gallery 111, Tyler, TX

Member of Potters Council of The American Ceramic Society and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Other mediums are wood carving and weaving.


All works pictured on this page
Copyright 2008 by Joan Iverson

All images provided by the artist

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