Joy Tanner

Joy Tanner

About the Artist

Joy Tanner enjoyed music lessons and exploring the natural world while growing up in eastern Tennessee. She redirected her creative focus when she discovered clay in college. In 2004, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She then pursued a Resident Artist positions at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts and then at the EnergyXChange in Burnsville, North Carolina. She shares her studio and her wood firings with her husband and potter, William Baker.

Immersing herself in the beautiful mountains has greatly inspired her work and her life. Reflections of detail and pattern are a distinctive element within Joy’s pottery, and she enjoys getting deep into the creative process with such a responsive material such as clay.