Joy Trpkovic FSDC

Ceramics

About Joy
Joy Trpkovic is an established, professional practising artist currently specialising in hand built porcelain and sculptural ceramics. Her organic playful forms are inspired by marine life, fossils and fungi. Using only the simplest tools she pinches and carves delicate translucent porcelain, fired to 1280 Degrees C. Hand painted lustres and onglaze colours are used in some works then fired to 720 Degrees C
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Joy’s background Fine Art training has enhanced the development of her entirely hand built ceramic work over the years. Her early pots and fungi forms were hand painted with lustres and onglaze colours. The improvements in available porcelain clays have been a catalyst for newer works and the challenges of making delicate installations into unique wall pieces. She is currrently using contrast black and white porcelain together and wall pieces inspired by marine shoals. Her invented marine creatures do not directly imitate nature, but seek to remind us of the fragility of marine ecosystems. Risk is a very important factor in her work. How thin? How fragile?How possible? The fluidity, and temperamental tactile nature of porcelain provides Joy with challenges she loves.



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Education
B.A.(Fine Art Hons) A.T.D., FSDC
Joy has studied Art at Goldsmiths College London Portsmouth Polytechnic and Sussex University,

Teaching
Joy has taught Art and Ceramics in Portsmouth and in Harrow.

Exhibitions

Since 1979 Joy's work has been widely exhibited in Britain, Europe and the U.S.A. and has work in private collections worldwide.

Public Collections & Awards

2017 International Ceramic Biennial, Haacht Belgium

2017International Small Porcelain Competition. Porcelain Museum, Riga Latvia

2015 CICA 35 2nd Prize. "Shoal of Angels”Permanent Contemporary Ceramics Collection, Museu De Ceramicaà de L'Alcora, Spain

2013. CICA 33 Finalist. International Ceramic Competition. Museu Ceramicà de L'Alcora, Spain

2013 Haacht International Ceramics Biennial. Belgium

2011. CICA 31 International Ceramic Competition. "Marine Dancing" 2nd prize.Permanent Contemporary Ceramic Collection, Museu Ceramica de L'Alcora. Spain
2010. CICA 30 Finalist. Permanent Contemporary Collection, Museu Ceramica de L'Alcora.
1986 Southampton Museum & Art Gallery. UK. (Veined Pinch Bowl)
1980 Leicester County Council.

Publications
Handmade in Britain. Design Book. 2011
British Contemporary Artists. 1994

Other
Art Therapist with Teenage neurological patients at Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital, London. The group worked with Paper Porcelain and enjoyed seeing their work fired and finished.
Chairman of Harrow Open Studios in 2011. As a founder member, Joy was responsible for obtaining an Arts Council Grant for the group in 2009.
In February 2012 Joy was elected a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

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