Our address is:
4 Brookside Avenue
Greenfield, MA 01301
Joy Ceramics works in the following
- Wheel Thrown and Handbuilt Pottery
- Slip Casting from Vintage Molds (you should see our Christmas Trees)
- Color Ceramic Decoration from Photographs and Digital Images
The business began 30 years ago in Rohnert Park, California. For relaxation and entertainment after teaching classes at Sonoma State University Don took lessons in throwing pottery at the local community center. After a few weeks he found that he had a knack for throwing pottery and was throwing larger shapes. Eventually Don and Cindy began selling pottery at craft fairs partnering with Irwin Joy, Don's father, who was selling his woodworking. Now we were hooked, Don loved throwing, found that it was very relaxing, and we had an outlet to sell the work made.
We moved back to the East Coast after 2 years and continued to sell our pottery at craft fairs in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut. That was many years ago and we began attending craft fairs regularly. Over the years we have continued to sell the work and the ceramics work has gone in many directions. For example, there has been time to work with painted slips, underglazes, overglazes, sagraffito, marbling, and many other techniques for decoration.
Using the glaze program "Digitalfire Insite" we began to work on glazes using both glaze calculations and glaze tests. These days some of our glazes are formulated using both. The glaze calculations are interesting because using them one can tell the level of fluxes, silica, and alumina in the glaze and work with food safe glazes.
We also use commercial glazes since they are easier for students to use and there are many types for use in earthenware and stoneware much more so than in the past.
Don and Cindy have two children Christopher and David, one living in Massachusetts and the other living in Connecticut. Don was "grandfather" for a number of years until grandchildren Nathan and Lucas determined that they could come up with their own favorite name. A while back the favorites were Grampee and Grampoo, it seems like they have settled on Grandbum now. Cindy liked the name "Omi" better than Grandmother and it has stuck. Don has worked over the years as a Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor, having a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. He has also worked for numerous companies in software development. Cindy loves genealogy and tracing the history of families and regions of New England.
Several years ago Don decided that it would be interesting to move away from Computers and Software development and more fully into ceramics. As things were going he would work as a consultant for one company. Then take several months off to work on pottery and then find another consulting job.
We found a couple in Maine who was closing their business and bought their pottery molds and slip casting equipment. 500 or so vintage pottery molds were kept from this purchase. Slip casting complements our wheel thrown and hand build pottery. We are also working with creating slip casting molds of our own.
We hope that you enjoy working with us and find uses for the ceramics we produce and will be producing.
Don and Cindy Joy