Joy Brown was born in Japan and spent the first 18 years of her life there. After completing her fine arts degree in the United States, she returned to Japan to complete a rigorous apprenticeship in traditional Japanese ceramics with a 13th generation master potter, Ichino Toshio, further defining her aesthetic.
Brown works with high-fire stoneware clay that is fired in a 30-foot long Japanese style wood-firing tunnel kiln (anagama). For the past 20 years Joy has also worked in bronze, making figures from small to larger-than-life size. Currently, Joy has been completing various commissions in China for public spaces.
Joy Brown’s work is in the public collections of many museums in the United States, Europe and Asia.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan
Jing’An International Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China
University of North Carolina, Asheville
Yodogawa Christian Hospital, Osaka, Japan
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT