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I come from a long line of makers. My grandfather taught kendo and grew the most astonishing orchids. My grandmother could grow everything and cook and sew like a dream. My dad was a master carpenter and my mom was constantly knitting and crocheting and sewing. All my aunties and uncles got together and made leis for graduation and favors for weddings. We used this time to get together and catch-up and tell stories.
When I was eighteen I started to learn how to make pottery. It felt like the most natural next step. For the last 16 years I've focused on high fired functional pottery with a smidgeon of soda. I have a keen interest in plants and paint a lot of leaves and vines with colored slips. I often take my wheel thrown forms and facet and square and alter away from the round.
I have a pottery shop/studio at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. I've been there for 30 years . Come and visit me.
I have a studio/retail shop at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA. You are welcomed to come by and browse and visit and purchase my work. My shop is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon-4:30 PM. My phone number there is 650-321-8188. I have had this shop at the Guild for 32 years. I've made 4 different types of pottery during that time, but for the last 15 years I've been producing high fired, one off pieces with a little spray of sodium bicarbonate or soda glaze.
My Etsy Shop:
My Etsy Shop can be reached by googling Joy Imai Studio Pottery on Etsy or going to Joyimai.com and clicking on my Etsy shop. Right now I have about 65 pieces with 5 different photo views of each pot. Through this shop I can send pottery through out this country. On August 1-10 I am participating in a special online sale along with many artists from the ACGA through my Etsy Shop. During this time 10% of my sales will go to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. This event will be titled 10 Days of ACGA.