Joyce’s work brings together her unique artistic background in dance, archeology, and photography, with inspiration taken from nature and the human figure. Formerly a principal dancer for the Ministerio de Cultura modern dance troupe in Costa Rica, Joyce spent later years doing archaeological research and illustration at UCLA, combined with personal explorations in photography.
Since 1995, Joyce has focused on creating functional and sculptural ceramics. Beginning as a Mentor Student in Sculpture, Furniture & Product Design at Santa Monica College, Joyce quickly adapted to the new medium, and studied figurative sculpture with Johathan Bickart, Tanya Ragir and Robert Cunningham, taking workshops with Arthur Gonzales, Patti Warashina, Peter Vandenberg, Anne Courier, Esther Shimazu & Debra Fritts. She joined master potter Richard McColl as a studio partner and collaborator for 5 years.
Joyce’s work has been featured in shows in the Venice Art Walk and Off Artwalk , at the Bee’s Wing Arts Gallery in Santa Barbara, The Artist’s Web Gallery and Sabina Lee Galleries in Santa Monica, the Finegood Gallery at the Jewish Federation/Milken Cultural Center and has a Tree of Life Seder Plate in the permanent collection of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
In 2004 Joyce collaborated with renowned landscape artist, Nancy Power & Associates, developing an Outdoor Agave fountain sculpture for a Santa Barbara estate. Other public ceramic installations include Dedication tiles for six gardens at the Brentwood Science Magnet School, a large ceramic sculptural wall mural: The Mission Garden Wall. She was also commissioned for a large tile Donor Wall at the Brentwood Science Magnet School in Brentwood, California and two Donor Walls at the Marquez Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, California. She has also created indoor and outdoor ceramic work for Thomas Safran & Assoc. in the greater Los Angeles area. Most recently in 2014 she has completed sculptural commissions for hotels in Anguilla and Lanai.
Jennifer Joyce taught out of her Santa Monica studio from 1995 to 2012. She taught the summer ceramics program at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles from 2001-2004, Crossroads Summer School in 2006 and ceramics at The Oakwood School in North Hollywood.
In 2013 she relocated to a larger, beautiful studio in San Clemente, where she teaches and creates new work. In her new studio she has brought into reality her long-time dream of an artists collective called The Artists Studio of San Clemente, with individual artist studios rented to painters, potters and interior designers.