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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. Her transparent porcelain work requires a quiet confidence and a delicate touch. 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 contrasts presented at the culmination of the potter's work—the firing. Porcelain pinch pots, hand thrown impressions and cairns, wrapped towers large touchstones are vitrified by firing for 14 days in a wood fired anagama kiln, three days in a hikarigama, two days in a wood/salt fast fire kiln, or soda fired or shino glazed 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

  • ARTS 502 Eastern Coil
  • ARTS 503 Intensive Throwing
  • 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 569 Survival Skills
  • ARTS 570 Graduate Seminar in Personal Studio Research
  • ARTS 576 Thesis Preparation
  • ARTS 580 Thesis Research
  • ARTS 595 Thesis Exhibition


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

Honors and awards

  • 2013 Nominated for Graduate School Excellence in Teaching
  • 2010 Frederick County Arts Hall of Fame, The Frederick Arts Council, Inaugural class
  • 2010 Nominated for Graduate School Excellence in Teaching
  • 2009 Nominated for Graduate School Excellence in Teaching
  • 2006 Hood College Board of Associates Research Grant
  • 2005 Martha E. Church Endowment Prize
  • 2002 Five works chosen for the permanent collection of The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery
  • 1995 Artist in Education Grant, Maryland Council for the Arts
  • 1994 Artist's Grant - Montgomery County Art Council
  • 1993 Montgomery County Arts Council Artist Grant
  • 1992 The Bernard S. Glassman Ceramic Award
  • 1990 David Lloyd Kreeger Prize in Ceramics

Selected International Experiences

2008 Wuxi Institute of Arts and Technology, Yixing, China May 7-13, 2008

  • East Asian Wedged Coil Master Class, Taught two groups of advanced students
  • Dynamics of Design in Ceramic Arts Formal lecture to ~ 400 art students and faculty
  • Conversations with Teachers, Formal discussions of program development, administrative structures, curriculum, degree requirements, student expectations, and career opportunities
  • Conversations with Teachers, informal sharing teacher to teacher
  • Creative Studio Practice, as a visiting artist, a studio was provided for the creation of my personal work.
  • Yixing Purple Clay Pinched and Coiled at Wuxi, Five completed pottery pieces were added to the permanent collection of Wuxi Museum of Fine Arts

2008 Australian Ceramics Association, Sidney, Australia January 6-10, 2008

  • Visited Australia Potters Association and met with current and past association presidents
    Visited clay programs and ceramic arts galleries in the Sidney area with president of Australian Ceramics Association, Barbara Campbell-Allen.
  • Researched indigenous coil building techniques
  • Australia National University, Canberra, Victoria, Australia
    My Life in Art, lecture for distance learning seminar students
    Researched curriculum and administration of distance learning program in the ceramic arts

2006 Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark

  • International Visiting Artist in Residence
  • Invited by Pricilla Mouritzen, chairman, Guldagergaard Board of Directors
  • East Asian Wedge Coil Technique, lecture and demonstration to the members of the research center participants, regional potters and local community
  • My Life in Art, presentation to Guldagergaard resident artists conversation.
  • Three wood-fired porcelain pinch pots, accessioned into the study collection of Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center
  • Resident Artist Exhibition, Applehousen Gallery, Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark
  • 2000 THE WHEEL, Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
    Royal Forest of Dean College, Gloucestershire, Wales, UK

  • Presenter: Structural Strength Concepts in the Wheel Thrown Form
  • Instructor: Masters Class: Open Forms and Masters Class: Vertical Forms
  • Invited by the president of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
  • The only artist who served a dual role, as a conference presenter and master teacher
  • Lectured and demonstrated on stage before the entire conference
  • Taught two master classes to selected groups of participants

1999 International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, UK

  • Earth and Fire, Craft Potters Association, Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, UK
  • Art in Action, Waterperry House, Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire, UK

Art Work in Selected Major Collections

  • Wuxi Institute Museum of Fine Arts, Yixing, China
  • Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark
  • Maloof Foundation, Alta Loma, California
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery permanent collection, Washington, D.C.
  • Payson Gallery Collection, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
  • Hodson Science Center, Hood College, Frederick, Md.
  • Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa.
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Private Collections-Over 800 U.S. and foreign collections


Select Solo or Invited Small Group Exhibitions

2013 Joyce Michaud: Transitions, solo exhibition, The Little Pottery Shop, Frederick, Md. Women in Clay, Celadon Gallery, 6 master potters, Water Mill, NY Essence, Union University Art Gallery, solo exhibition, Jackson, TN Gallery Talk: Essence

2012 Nuances, Lycoming College Art Gallery, solo exhibition, Williamsport, PA. Gallery Talk: Nuances Visions in Clay, featured visiting artist, Court House Galleries, Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, Va.

2011 Joyce Michaud Delicate Balance, solo exhibition, Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peter’s Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ

2010 Hand Thrown: The Fine Art of Pinched and Coiled Ceramics, Fulton Gallery, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD Hand Thrown: East Asian Wedged Coil, Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, Columbia, MD

2009 A Collecting Affair, Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, Columbia, MD

2008 Fireworks, Ice House Gallery, Berkley Springs, WV Transformations, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2007 Visiting Artist Exhibition, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC

2006 By Hand, Woodfired and Salt Glazed Ceramics, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA Resident Artist Exhibition, Applehousen Gallery, Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark Black and White, Cross McKenzie Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC

2005 Metro Clay: Invitational Exhibition curated by Kenneth R. Trapp, Rockville Art Center, Rockville, MD Endless Variations: Shino Review 2005, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD Particles and Passion: The Art of Clay, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD Joyce Michaud - Precious Porcelain, solo exhibition, Zaruba and Zaruba Gallery, Frederick, MD

2004 Wood Fire Pearls, Pottery by Joyce Michaud, solo exhibition, Ozmosis Gallery, Bethesda, MD Natural Dynamics, Wood-fired Pottery by Joyce Michaud, solo exhibition, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD

2003 Masters of the Art, Celadon Clay Art Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY Translucencies; Coming Together, Gallery Korea, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington, DC My Life in Art, NEH and Rosenfeld Family Foundation, Hood College, Frederick, MD Pottery by Joyce Michaud, solo exhibition, Craft Guild of Dallas, Dallas, TX

2002 Select Solos II: Joyce Michaud Ceramics, solo exhibition, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD

2001 Counterpoise: A State of Balance, Pottery by Joyce Michaud, solo exhibition, Celadon Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY Joyce Michaud and Ray Chen, Dadian Gallery, Washington, DC

2000 Ceramics, Graphic Arts & Photography, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

1999 Teaching & Talking Through the Clay, Howard County Board of Education Gallery, Columbia, MD

1998 Art of Ceramics, Columbia Art Center Gallery, Columbia, MD

1996 Works in Clay by Joyce Michaud, solo exhibition, Gettysburg College Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA Artists Who Teach Traveling Exhibition, McMurray University, Abilene, TX Artists Who Teach, Traveling Exhibition, Muskegon College, New Concord, OH

1995 Artists Who Teach, Traveling Exhibition, Opening Exhibition Concordia College, St. Paul, MN

1994 Confluence, Retrospective Exhibition by Joyce Michaud, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, MD Inner Strength, Sculpture by Joyce Michaud, solo exhibition, Kentlands Gallery, Gaithersburg, MD Nascence; featured artist, Artist’s Gallery, Frederick, MD Contemporary Clay, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

1989 Works in “Stone,” featured artist, Foundry Street Gallery, Savage, MD,

1989 Joyce Michaud Retrospective Exhibition, Howard Community College Gallery, Columbia, MD


  • 2000 Demonstrator and Lecturer - Craft Potters Association Summer Conference "THE WHEEL," July, Forest of Dean, Wales, U.K.
  • 2001 “The Fine Art of Teaching Throwing” with Phil Rogers and Clary Illian, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Charlotte, NC

Conferences and symposia

  • 2013 Earth Energy, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Houston, Texas, Presenter, NCECA Post Conference Workshop: East Asian Coil, San Jacinto College, Houston, TX, March 23-24
  • 2011 Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA, Presenter/Demonstrator: Structural Strength Concepts for Wheel Presenter/Demonstrator: Hand Thrown East Asian Wedged Coil Technique The Elusive Tea Bowl, Japanese Art Symposium, Boston, MA, Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, MA, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, Camden, MA
  • 2010 CRITICAL Santa Fe: Developing Criticism in Ceramics, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Symposium, Santa Fe, NM, Independence, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Presenter: Hand Thrown: East Asian Wedged Coil Technique, DVD discussion, screening
  • 2008 Utilitarian Clay V, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2007 Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA, Presenter: Masters’ Concepts
  • 2006 20+1 years of the Tozan Kilns Wood Fire Conference, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2005 Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA Presenter: Masters’ Concepts, BIOCOMM2005, Bio-Communications Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, Presenter: Revealed the Secrets of the Masters
  • 2004 Utilitarian Clay Conference IV, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2002 Annual Maryland Clay Conference, The Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD Presenter/Demonstrator: Structural Strength Concepts for Wheel Presenter/Demonstrator: Structural Strength Concepts for Hand Formed Sculpture Presenter/Demonstrator: Dynamic Design in Ceramics
  • 2001 Evolving Legacies, National Council for Education for the Ceramic Arts, Charlottesville, NC, Organizer, Panel Member and Presenter: The Fine Art of Teaching Throwing Woodfire Extravaganza: Conference on the Art of Firing with Wood, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • 2000 "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:

  • “The Skills of Centering”
  • "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 Ceramics 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)

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

Visit Joyce Michaud's website.