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Joyce Michaud

Joyce Michaud

Chair of the Department of Art & Archaeology ,Associate Professor of Art, Director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramic Arts

Tel: 301-696-3526
Office: Carson Cottage, Room 4
Office hours: By appointment

My work celebrates life, the perfect architecture of nature and form that follows function. My ceramic works extend the concepts of color, line and texture from the two dimensional world of the flat plane into the reality of the three dimensional world.

The study of the physical forces inherent in the production of ceramics on the turning wheel brings the artist full circle from the inspiration by nature to the study of natural forces.

The correlation of nature in my work continues as the asymmetrical irregularities, surface texture and color produced by the firing process brings the clay form back to nature for the organic markings which are the gift of the fire.

"The aim is not to express myself by using materials, but to rediscover myself bound inseparably with materials and nature." Kichizaemon xv Raku Raku Tea Bowls: The Essence of the Form

Joyce Michaud's work is a study in contrasts, covering a broad spectrum. Her stoneware pieces glow with the richness of the clay and the depth of surface created by porcelain slip that lies beneath the varying layers of translucent glaze. Creating with porcelain presents many challenges because every nuance of touch affects the structural integrity of the form during its creation. Yet, despite its delicate appearance and translucent qualities, an internal strength is inherent in its finished state. In a wood fire, the strength of the piece is reinforced as it is thrown by the flow of the penetrating heat and ferocious velocity as the flame roars through the kiln. Along with the scars of survival, each piece emerges from the ashen depths of the kiln with a lustrous surface quality and the crystalline glow of survival. Each pot, each firing has its own voice, tells its own story.

"The firing is the climax of the potter's labor." Bernard Leach

Joyce Michaud's pottery is a study in contrats presented at the culmination of the potter's work—the firing. Porcelain pinch pots, hand thrown impressions and wrapped tower impressions are created by firing raw ware for 14 days in a wood fired anagama kiln, three days in a hikarigama, two days in a wood/salt fast fire kiln, or salt fired with shino glazes for 18 hours in a gas fired reduction kiln. The unique markings of the flame enhance the form. The record of the lick of the flame depends on the pot, the clay, the kiln, the fuel, the placement in the kiln, the temperature, the firing schedule, the cooling and all the other variables that nature and life itself presents.

"A pot is the person, and no disguise is possible." states Bernard Leach in his book "The Potter's Challenge."

Courses taught

  • ART 300 Gallery Management
  • ARTS 123 Drawing I
  • ARTS 224 Drawing II
  • ARTS 324 Drawing III
  • ARTS 237 Painting I
  • ARTS 338 Painting II
  • ARTS 339 Painting III
  • ARTS 203 Ceramics I
  • ARTS 303 Ceramic Wheel
  • ARTS 316 Special Topics in Studio Art
  • ARTS 504 Ceramic Decoration
  • ARTS 508 Ceramic Sculpture
  • ARTS 503 Ceramic Wheel
  • ARTS 502 Eastern Coil
  • ARTS 505 Masters Throwing I
  • ARTS 506 Masters Throwing II
  • ARTS 507 Plates & Platters
  • ARTS 501 Glaze Application
  • ARTS 511 Properties of Clay
  • ARTS 521 Properties of Glaze
  • ARTS 570 Graduate Seminar in Personal Studio Research
  • ARTS 503 Intensive Throwing
  • ARTS 530 Kiln Technology


  • Master of Fine Arts - The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude - Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa.

Honors and awards

  • Five works chosen for the permanent collection of The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery
  • Artist in Education Grant, Maryland Council for the Arts
  • Artist's Grant - Montgomery County Art Council
  • The Bernard S. Glassman Ceramic Award - The Dimmock Gallery
  • University Fellowship - The George Washington University
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant - The George Washington University
  • Magna Cum Laude - Lycoming College
  • Lycoming College Scholar - Lycoming College



  • Joyce Michaud - Precious Porcelain, Zaruba and Zaruba Gallery, Frederick, Md.
  • Maryland Clay, George Peabody Library Exhibition Gallery, Baltimore
  • Western Maryland Potters, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, Md.
  • Endless Variations: Shino Reveiw 2005, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore
  • Metro Clay: An Invitation Exhibition curated by Kenneth R. Trapp, Rockville Art Center, Rockville, Md.
  • Vectors, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Particles and Passion: The Art of Clay, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore


  • Wood-Fire Pearls, Ozmosis Gallery, Bethesda, Md.
  • Expressions, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Natural Dynamics, Howard Community College Gallery, Columbia, Md.
  • Artist Sharing, Touchstone Gallery, Farmington, Pa.
  • Grand Opening Exhibition, Ozmosis Gallery, Bethesda, Md.


  • Intrinsic, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Masters of the Art, Celadon Clay Art Gallery, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
  • Translucencies; Coming Together, Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington, D.C.
  • My life in Art, NEH and Rosenfeld Family Foundation, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Pottery by Joyce Michaud, Craft Guild of Dallas, Jan. 30-Feb. 2


  • Below The Surface, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Select Solos II: Joyce Michaud Ceramics, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, Md.
  • Faculty Exhibition, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, Calif.
  • Faculty Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Farmington, Pa.
  • Wye Creek Galleries, Frederick, Md.


  • Interactions, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Counterpoise: A State of Balance, Celadon Gallery, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
  • Joyce Michaud and Ray Chen, Dadian Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Pottery, Rock Creek Gallery, Washington, D.C
  • Wye Creek Galleries, Frederick, Md.


  • Ceramics, Graphic Arts & Photography, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.
  • Transformations, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Ten Years, Artist's Gallery, Frederick, Md.
  • Fire & Glass: A Ceramics Invitational, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, Md.
  • Hood College Ceramics Program: In Celebration of the New Kiln, Wye Creek Galleries, Frederick, Md.
  • Another Class Act, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, Md.
  • Wye Creek Galleries, Frederick, Md.


  • Demonstrator and Lecturer - Craft Potters Association Summer Conference "THE WHEEL," July 2000, Forest of Dean, Wales, U.K.
  • "The Fine Art of Teaching Throwing" with Phil Rogers and Clary Illian, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, 2001
  • Masters Throwing Workshop, Hands on Clay, Sept. 18-21, 2003, Setauket, N.Y.
  • Eastern Coil, Shenandoah Potters' Guild, Sept. 27, 2003, Winchester, Va.
  • Masters Techniques, Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons, July 26-27, 2003, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
  • Eastern Coil, June 28-29, Belle Haven, Va.
  • Plates and Platters, Fat Cat Pottery, June 21-22, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Masters Throwing Workshop, Craft Dallas Guild of Dallas, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Dallas

Conferences and symposia


  • National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Baltimore, Md.


  • Utilitarian Clay Conference, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  • National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Indianappolis, Ind.


  • National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, San Diego, Calif.


  • "Annual Maryland Clay Conference," The Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore, Academy Art Museum, Easton, Md.  
    • Presentor/Demonstrator: "Structural Strength Concepts for Wheel," "Structural Strength Concepts for Hand Formed Sculpture" and "Dynamic Design in Ceramics"
  • "Riffs, Rhythm, Regerneration," National Council for Education for the Ceramic Arts, Kansas City, Mo.


  • "Evolving Legacies," National Council for Education for the Ceramic Arts, Charlotteville, N.C. (2001)  
    • Panel Organizer and Speaker: "The Fine Art of Teaching Throwing"
  • Woodfire Extravaganza: Conference on the Art of Firing with Wood," University of North Texas, Denton, Texas


  • "THE WHEEL," Craft Potters Association of Great Britain, Royal Forest of Dean College. Gloucestershire, Wales, U.K. (2000)  
    • Presenter: "Structural Strenght Concepts in the Wheel Thrown Form"
    • Instructor: "Masters Class: Open Forms" and "Masters Class: Vertical Forms"
  • "Art in Action," Oxfordshire, England, July 20-23, 2000


  • "Structural Strength in the Wheel Thrown Form," Joyce Michaud, 1992

Articles written for Clay Times:

  • "Partners in Clay," Ceramics Monthly, feature article, February 2004
  • "Lone Star Wood Fire." 2002 (Jan/Feb):32-35
  • "A Different Approach to Wheel Throwing," 1999 (Jul/Aug): 27-30; about Joyce Michaud's teaching, Neil Glasgow, author.
  • "Clay Traditions Explored in Asheville," 1998 (Jan/Feb):22-23
  • "Paper Clay Sculpture with Ian Gregory," 1999 (Sep/Oct):11-13
  • "International Potters' Festival in Wales," 1999 (Sep/Oct):32-33
  • "Svend Bayer's Thai-style Wood Kiln," 2000 (Nov/Dec):43-46
  • "Workshop Moments with Phil Rogers," 1999 (Jan/Feb):10-12

Other articles:

  • "Partners in Clay," Ceramics Monthly (Fall 2003)
  • "Hotter Than A Texas Summer" The Log Book No. 9 (2002):21-23

Recognition in publications


  • Daugherty, Jack. Porcelain
  • Rogers, Phil. Salt Fired Pottery
  • Nigrosh, Leon. Clay Sculpture


  • Cover Image Ceramics Monthly, Conference guide, March 2005
  • Peggy Pappay. "Hood College's Ceramic Certificate: A Practical Alternative." Clay Times 11:2 (March/April 2005):42-43
  • Bafford, Rebecca. "Joyce Michaud." Clay Times 2002 (Jul/Aug)
  • Blackburn, Jeanne. "Playing With Fire" Frederick Magazine (February 2002):28-33
  • Glasgow, Neil. "A Different Approach to Wheel Throwing" Clay Times 1999 (Jul/Aug)
  • "Columbia Art Center hopping with Activities." The Columbia Flier 1996 (Sept. 5):31
  • Van Tran, Thanh. "Clay: Gravity vs. the Artist." IT Magazine 1996 (Feb. 26):19
  • "Hood Art Exhibit to Feature Works of Joyce Michaud" The Frederick News Post 1994 (Oct. 5):A-13
  • "You Have To Be Crazy and Poor." Lycoming College Quarterly, 1992 (Summer/Fall):1-3


  • Morgan, Diana Mota. Gazette Community News, Hood College celebrates decade of ceramics program. Thursday, March 10, 2005, p. A- 4
  • O'Sullivan, Michael. The Washington Post Weekend, Getting Into Shape. Friday, February 25, 2005, p.37
  • Robb, Julia. The Frederick News Post, The Skill of a Potter. 2003 (Feb. 9):C-1
  • Robb, Julia. The Washington Times, Potter Shapes Art, Life at Wheel. 2003 (Ap.r 3):B-1


  • Hood College tenth Anniversary of the Ceramcics Program, Cable 10-TV, Frederick, Md.
  • Studio Visit Feature for Cable 10-TV "Arts Beat Featuring Joyce Michaud" Cable 10-TV, Frederick, Md. (2003)
  • "Arts Beat Featuring Joyce Michaud" Cable 10-TV, Frederick, Md. (Aug 8-11, 2000)
  • Evry, Ann. "Art Strokes," Montgomery Community Television, Inc. Program 8 (1990)
  • Evry, Ann. "Joyce Michaud Nice—Olney Poter," Montgomery Community Television, Inc. (1989)


  • Ozmos's Gallery, Bethesda, Md.
  • Joyce Michaud Gallery
  • Gallery Mack's Art Connection, Palm Dessert, Calif.
  • Hands On Clay Gallery, East Setauket, N.Y.

Permanent collections

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery
  • Payson Gallery, Portland, Maine
  • Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa.
  • George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • Private Collections-Over 300 U.S. and foreign

Workshop offerings

  • Eastern Asian Wedged Coil Technique (Eastern Coil)
  • Masters Throwing
  • Glaze Application
  • Plates & Platters
  • Masters Throwing II (Follow-up)
  • Ceramic Decoration
  • Ceramic Sculpture
  • Throwing Large Forms

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