Joy Olsen

Raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Joy first began creating in clay at the age of 12. She migrated to North Vancouver as a young woman and was magnetically drawn to the sea and it’s creatures. In 2000 Joy renewed her love of working in clay and virtually ‘picked up’ where she left off at age 12 by fashioning whimsical sea-related creatures and bowls. Joy’s pieces are all hand sculpted and carved. She has studied glaze making, kiln building/firing and a variety of ceramic techniques with noted international ceramic artists including: Robin Hopper, Graham Hay, Randy Brodnax, Les Manning and Peter King. 

Joy moved to Gabriola Island in 2007. Closer to the sea, she immersed herself in clay to express her deep reverence for nature. For example, The Gabriola Sandstone series is one of uniquely carved vessels that reflect the imprint and patterning of nature’s erosion on sandstone through time. Joy imprints her own mark, not only in the way she carves detail and forms the overall sculptural shape, but also in her imaginative texturing and colour in/of her pieces. In her work, Joy carves the resting surface of most pieces as intricately as the visible surface, which may reveal surprise.  Although Joy’s sculptural vessels and creatures are inspired by nature, they are not replications, but imaginative interpretations.

Through the years Joy has participated in numerous juried group shows in Edmonton, Ladysmith, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Gabriola as well as having 2 pieces selected for a 2-year Sask Terra exhibit that travelled across Canada.

Joy has developed several series: the Sea Anemone Vessels, Sea Pods, Tidal Pools, The Gabriola Sandstone Vessels, Flourishing Hearts, Quietudes (Altars) and currently in progress: Intricate Nature.

Joy Olsen’s work can be seen at The Pier Gallery on Gabriola Island and at The Green Bough (also on Gabriola), the studio she shares and works out of. She can be contacted at 250 247-7255 and joyolsen@shaw.ca.

check out my interview with Kelly Robinson od Shaw TV : 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6egC6vkQ_dY&feature=share

 

 

Artist CV

Education

  • Exuberant Forms, Abundant Surfaces with Carol Gouthro/ Red Deer College - Continuing Education - Red Deer Alberta/ July 2014
  • Aesthetics of Ceramic Form with Les Manning of Medalta Potteries /Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts – Metchosin, B.C/ July 2009
  • Using Colour – Painting Fundamentals with James Lindfield/ Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design – Continuing Studies – Vancouver, B.C./ July 2006
  •  Materials & Media in Fine Arts with Karen Kazmer/ Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design – Continuing Studies – Vancouver, B.C./ July 2006
  • Basics of Composition and Form with Frances Grafton/ Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design – Vancouver, B.C./ July 2006
  • Mixed media painting 2 with Diana Kubicek/ Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design – Continuing Studies – Vancouver, B.C. / Mar - Apr 2005
  • Printmaking Techniques with Shinsuke Minegishi/ Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design – Continuing Studies – Vancouver, B.C. /Mar 2005
  • Firing/Surface Treatments with Randy Brodnax / at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts – Metchosin, B.C./ July 2004
  • Paper Clay Techniques / individual instruction from Graham Hay of Perth, Australia / February 2004
  • Glaze & Colour Development with Robin Hopper / at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts – Metchosin, B.C. / July 2003
  • Beginning Pottery for Adults at Trout Lake Community Centre – Vancouver, B.C./ 2001

Workshops / Symposiums

 

  • Sask Terra Symposium: Prairie Fire/ Ruddell, Sask /August 2005
  • Architectural Ceramics Workshop with Peter King and Xinia Marin/Saskatoon, Sask / August 2004
  • Canadian Clay 2004 Ceramic Symposium: Re-inventing the Wheel / Shadbolt Centre for the Arts - Burnaby, B.C. / March 2004
  • Sask Terra Symposium: Prairie Fire/ Ruddell, Sask /August 2003
  • Canadian Clay Symposium: Diversity in Clay / Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – Burnaby, B.C. / March 2002

Exhibitions / Presentations

  • Within Limits, Sask Terra National Touring Exhibition (juried) two selections: Orchid Sea Anemone, Tidal Risings, touring Canada May 2004  - December 2007 
  • Clay Creatures Culture, Alberta Potters’ Association (juried) one selection: Yonastra Excentricus, exhibited at VAAA Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, March – May 2004 
  • ArtBra Project – 6th Annual Her-icane Festival of Women’s Art (fund raiser) one selection: Hazel’s Wish (multimedia on canvas), exhibited at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask  March 2004 
  • Canadian Clay 2004 Ceramic Symposium: Re-inventing the Wheel, one selection, exhibited at the Shadbolt Centre of the Arts, Burnaby, B.C. March 2004 
  • Trout Lake Community Centre – various clay pieces / 2002 – 2006 / Vancouver, B.C. 
  • Slide presentations of my clay work at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts- Metchosin, B.C. July 2003 
  • Slide presentation of my clay work at Sask Terra Symposium: Prairie Fire/ Ruddell, Sask. August 2003 

Affiliations

  • Sask Terra
  • Trout Lake Pottery Club

Artist Statement

The nature of water flora and fauna is my inspiration and I enjoy creating my own water-creatures with a passion. Experimentation with colours and textures through glazes, clay types, firing methods and form, is how I achieve the effects I want on each hand built piece.