Born and raised in Northbrook, IL, Joe received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his BA from Knox College. A childhood spent immersed in Legos and video games left him incurably obsessed with building and making things. He began his teaching career at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and is currently Associate Professor and Area Head of Ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His "Flow Chart" series of installations have been featured at various galleries, universities and art centers throughout the United States and abroad.
Flow Chart: Cloud Vessels are a series of high-fire porcelain drinking cups and an outgrowth of my “Flow Chart” installation-based work. These slipcast mugs and tumblers echo the repeated cloud and bubble-like shapes of those “Flow Chart” installations. The mugs present a redefinition of handle, more akin to a haptic sculpture that fits the hand in myriad ways. The tumblers utilize a stacking, modular mold system that leaves both a lip and an interior that require examination before taking a sip. A variety of colored glazes and slips evoke the brightly colored, saccharine palette of the “Flow Chart” installations.