Joyce Inderbitzin’s strong, functional work reflects her in-depth knowledge of clay resulting from her own experience and her study with renowned ceramic artists. Love of nature and organic shapes has erupted in her sensitive sculptural forms and also shows in the intricately cut patterns that decorate much of her stoneware. Her work is in many private collections, credits include many juried exhibitions, awards, invitationals and several one-artist shows.
I began working in ceramics at Nazareth College of Rochester. As an art education major I received instruction in all the visual arts with concentrated study in clay. After college I participated in many workshops with nationally renowned potters, culminating in two year apprenticeship with Cleota Reed, Syracuse NY.
With my husband and family, I moved to Virginia in the fall of 1973 established my pottery and became a member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in its founding year 1974. There I shared a studio and gallery until November 2006 and I remain an associate artist at the Torpedo Factory. In the early years I also taught at Northern Virginia Community College and in 1977 began teaching at The Art League School. That year I also became director of The Art League Pottery Workshop. Both positions I retained for sixteen years. Many of my students have become professional ceramics artists themselves. I relocated to Yardley, PA with my husband in 1988. I established Keystone Studio where I create. I also became a state juried member of the Pennsylvania Guide of Craftsmen and a juried member of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen. My latest endeavor was to establish a small art center in Union Square, New Hope, PA. To that end I has helped establish “Artists at the Square” with my own place, Artistic Attitudes Gallery, as the first gallery to open. I run and exhibited in this gallery from 2004-2006. My art work also may be seen and purchased in many shops and galleries across the United States. My work has been sold in Radius Gallery, Pennsylvania State Museum and Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion. I have won numerous awards, the most recent: the “Best in Show” in sculpture category in “Over the River” Show, 2012, Second Place for a sculpture in the Artsbridge Annual Members Show 2010, won the prestige “Purchase Award” Ellarslie Trenton City Museum in 2006; was featured in the 2009 Ellarslie first annual calendar, also was featured artist in Radius Gallery, State Museum of Pennsylvania in 2009. I am in many private collections.
To me art is a visual expression of some inner concept important enough for the artist to want to share with others. Usually it is an experience or feeling to which most people can relate. Clay is my medium to do this. It is most flexible and expressive. Each clay, porcelain and stoneware, have different qualities, characteristics and possibilities. The piece itself needs to be pleasing, balanced and well designed. If functional, it must function well.
My stoneware stands alone with its colored glaze, an added grace to enhance its beauty. Raku, on the other hand, is a method of firing: very radical, exciting and immediate. It leaves its mark on the clay as no other method can. I form my raku pieces with this in mind. For me it is difficult… no impossible… to stick to one type of expression. Life is varied, therefore my ultimate selection of clay and firing method is varied.