Joy Brown has exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan, and China. Her figures and three-dimensional wall installations are represented in prominent private and public collections, displayed in parks, sculpture gardens, and urban public spaces around the world.
Joy’s larger-than-life bronze figures have been widely shown in China for the past ten years and in the United States, a solo exhibition up Broadway, NY in 2017-2018. In 1998, she co-founded Still Mountain Center, a nonprofit organization that fosters artistic exchange between East and West, bringing people together in the arts.
My figures speak of that peaceful place within- calm, open, aware.
Art is a path of self discovery and adventure for me. For forty-five years the discipline of clay challenges, nurtures, and transforms my life, taking me to places inside and outside of myself that I never could have imagined. Whether it be pots or sculpture, bronze or ceramic wall reliefs, the forms I make are a tangible reflection and expression of this evolving inner self.
The influence of the Japanese aesthetic on my work springs from my childhood in Japan and apprenticeship in traditional Japanese ceramics. The rounded forms and materials of clay and bronze convey the heavy gravity of stone; the expressions and gestures transcend that weight, radiating warmth and evoking a feeling of stillness and peace.
My studio and wood firing tunnel kiln are in Connecticut.