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My work is high fired with a smidgeon of sodium bicarbonate.
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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.

Current Work
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vase/gingko leaves
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2faceted cups
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teapot and cups
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Upcoming Events

 Nikkei Matsuri 2019: Japanese themed Arts and Crafts and Japanese food court .  Jackson and 6th Street ( San Jose Japantown) . May 5, 2019.  Show hours: 9 AM- 4 PM.

Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park: The show is held at Lincoln Park on May 18-19, 2019.  10 AM-5:30PM. 

Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival:  The festival is held at the Palo Alto Fine Art Center at the corner of Embarcadero and Newell Street.   This is a great show for ceramic and glass lovers and collectors.  10AM-5PM. July 13 and 14, 2019.




My shop/studio is open all year. It’s located at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo PArk, CA. Shop hours there are Monday’s through Saturday, 11:30AM-4:30PM or by appointment if these hours don’t work for you. The phone number at the shop is 650-321-8188. I have a lot of my pottery there and also works by other people.



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Joy Imai Studio Pottery
Palo Alto
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United States
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