Joy Tanner soda fired pottery



Biography / Artist Statement /Resume


2007– present: Studio Potter in Bakersville, NC

Artist Residencies

2010- 2013 Resident Artist, Energy XChange, Burnsville, NC

2010- Summer Resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME, awarded funded residency

2004-6 Resident Artist, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, North Carolina

2002-4 Resident Clay Technician, Clay Studio, Arts and Culture Division, Chattanooga Parks and Recreation, Chattanooga, Tennessee


2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Selected Exhibitions


CupFul, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC

National Teapot Show X, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC

Current Effects: Contemporary Woodfiring in Western North Carolina, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

Featured Artist at Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

Red Lodge Featured Artist, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

Spruce Pine Potters Market, Spruce Pine, NC


Featured Artist at Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston- Salem, NC

Featured Artist at Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

Soda Chicks and Chet Pottery Home Sale, Featured Artist, Bakersville, NC

Spruce Pine Potters Market, Spruce Pine, NC


Spruce Pine Potters Market, Spruce Pine, NC

Prized Pieces, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

Mug Shots: 7th Annual Juried Cup Show, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

Bloom, Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester, NH

Joy Tanner and William Baker Pottery Exhibit, Pottery 101, Salisbury, NC

Pour: Function and Form, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO


Southern Hospitality, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland,

North American Regional Ikebana Conference, Container Market, Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC

Cedar Creek Gallery National Teapot Show IX, Creedmoor, NC

Spruce Pine Potters Market, Spruce Pine, NC

Women’s Wood Fired Exhibit, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX


Florida Heat Instructor Exhibition, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

Teapot Series II, The Functional and the Conceptual, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC

Functional Ceramics 2013, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio

Madison County Potters Market, Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC

Potters Market Invitational,  Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Wood Fired Invitational, St. Pete Clay Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Intimate Cup, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville, FL

Roses are Red, Pots are Brown, Atmospheric Firing Exhibit, Appalachian Center of Craft, Smithville, TN

Winter Show, Green Hill Center, Greensboro, NC


The Generosity of Spirit: The Gifts of Penland Artists, Signature Shop, Atlanta, Georgia

AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Paper Plate, Plastic Plate, White Plate, Artist Plate: A collection of artist-made dinner plates and related insights about food, Penland Gallery, Penland, North Carolina

The Mint Julep Cup Invitational, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mount St. Francis, IN

Watershed’s Kiln God Show, Watershed’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland

By Example: NC Potters and Their Mentors, Greenhill Center, Greensboro, NC

Mugs for Jugs, Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, GA

Eighth Annual Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

Table Manners, past Resident Artists of Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC

Momentum, William Baker and Joy Tanner Pottery Exhibition, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mount Saint Francis, Indiana


30 x 5, Soda/Salt Ceramics, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Shared Spaces, Roswell Clay Collective, Roswell, GA

Out of Proportion, Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC

Dining with Frank, Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA

Atmospheric Fired, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

For the Flowers, Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor, MI

NCECA 2011, Greens and Grog, Exhibit of past resident artists from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Tampa, FL

NCECA 2011, Highwater Clays, Our Adventurous Journey: Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts Invitational, Saint Petersburg, FL

Fresh, Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor, MI

Current Residence, Resident Artist Invitational Exhibition, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Western North Carolina Models of Sustainability in Craft Making, Resident Artist Invitational Exhibition, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Hendersonville, NC


Containment, A Group Exhibition of Ceramic Boxes Crimson Laurel Gallery Bakersville, NC

Invitational Pottery Sale, July 10, 2010, 10-3 pm. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Newcastle, Maine, in conjunction with the Salad Days event

Strictly Functional Pottery National, East Petersburg, PA

Clay and Blogs; Telling A Story, Seagrove, North Carolina

Green Hill Winter Show, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

Holiday Show, Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, GA

Current Galleries

Flow Gallery, Marshall, North Carolina
Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
New Morning Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina
Heartwood Gallery, Saluda, North Carolina,

Hamilton Williams Gallery, Morganton, NC
Lark and Key, Charlotte, NC

Pottery 101, Salisbury, North Carolina
Toe River Arts Council Galleries, Burnsville and Spruce Pine, NC


2015 Featured Artist, Laurel of Asheville, April issue

2013 Sustainable Ceramics, Robert Harrison

2012 Ceramics Monthly, October Issue

2012 American Craft, Fueled Up, Spring Issue

2008 “500 Platters, Plates & Chargers” Lark Books

2006 “500 Pitchers” Lark Books

Teaching Experience and Studio Assistantships

2013 Workshop Instructor, Florida Heat Firing Symposium 2”,  St. Pete Clay, St. Petersburg, FL

Workshop Instructor, Blue Ridge Potters Guild, Roanoke, VA

Workshop Instructor, Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, Front Royal, VA

2012 Workshop Instructor, Carolina Claymatters Pottery Guild, Charlotte, NC

Instructor, Digital Photography Workshop, Bakersville, NC, 2009-2012

2011 Workshop Instructor, Clayworks, Charlotte, NC

Penland Student Assistant, Penland School of Crafts, with instructor Susan Filley, Summer Workshop, Penland, NC

2010 Penland Visiting Artist, Penland School of Crafts, with instructor Gay Smith Concentration, Penland, NC

Teaching Assistant, Gay Smith, Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC

Visiting Artist Workshop, Ceramics Department, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

2009 Instructor, wheel throwing, Arts Centered Clay Studio, Bakersville, NC

2007- 2011 Studio Assistant to potters Gay Smith and Linda McFarling, Bakersville and Burnsville, NC

2006 Penland Studio Assistant, Penland School of Crafts, Jeff Oestreich Summer Workshop, Penland, NC

2006-8 Studio Assistant to potter Judith Duff, Brevard, NC

2006 Instructor, wheel throwing, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Art, Asheville, NC


Awards and Scholarships

2015    Francis Goodrich Education Scholarship, Southern Highland Craft Guild

2012-13 Toe River Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grant Recipient

2011 Francis Goodrich Education Scholarship Recipient, Southern Highland Craft Guild

2010 Summer Residency, fully funded, Watershed for the Ceramic Arts,Newcastle, ME

2008 Emerging Artist Award, Bakersville Creek Walk, Bakersville, NC

2007 Strictly Functional Pottery National, Best Teapot Award, cash prize, Lancaster, PA

2006 Strictly Functional Pottery National, merchandise award, Lancaster, PA

Professional Affiliations

Southern Highland Craft Guild member

Piedmont Craftsmen member

Toe River Arts Council member

Mica Fine Contemporary Craft Cooperative Gallery founding member 2012-2015

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