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Contact Details

Studio: 540 Shively Road, Huntingdon, PA, USA, 16652.
Telephone: 814-643-3554
Web-site: www.jacktroy.net
Joined on: 2009-02-25
Last Updated: 2011-09-01

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

Containment

I have picked up, moved, shaped,
and lightened myself of many tons of clay,
and those tons lifted, moved, and shaped me,
delivering me to this living-space
I wake and move about in,
space perhaps equal to that I have opened and enclosed
in plate, cup, bowl, jug, jar.
I am thankful no one ever
led me to the pit I'd help to make in Earth,
or showed me all the clay at once.
I'm grateful no one ever said, There.
That heap's about a hundred fifty tons.
Go make yourself a life.
And oh, yes, here's a drum of ink.
See what you can do with that.
I wouldn't have known where to begin.

from, "Calling the Planet Home" by Jack Troy

Biography

Biography

Jack Troy is a potter, teacher, and writer, from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he taught at Juniata College for 39 years. Introduced to clay in 1962, he has taught more than 185 workshops in the U. S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Great Britain.

He has worked at the Institute of Ceramic Studies, Jingdezhen, China; and was an invited artist at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, in Japan. His education in ceramics has included trips to 13 countries.

Having published over 60 articles in ceramics publications, he is also the author of Salt Glazed Ceramics (1977), Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain (1995), and Calling the Planet Home, [poems] (2003). His work has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous collections, public and private.
JUROR:
11 exhibitions. Most recently, “Strictly Functional Ceramics National,” Lancaster, PA, 2002.

KILNS DESIGNED AND BUILT:
8 salt kilns, 9 reduction kilns, 2 raku kilns, and 7 anagamas

Writing

Writing

Writing about ceramics is a way to bridge what we make and the effect that making has on us. My first book, Salt Glazed Ceramics (Watson-Guptill, 1977), challenged me to articulate my passion for that process by researching, organizing, and sharing information with others at a time when there was little or nothing to read on the subject. Wood-Fired Stoneware and Porcelain (Chilton, 1995) answered a similar need. While both books are now out of print and available through book-dealers on the internet, they were my contribution to the powerful urge many writers have to enlarge our understanding of what we do, while laying the groundwork for better books in the future.

My articles and poems are written from a more personal perspective, and perhaps are the equivalent of drawings that fill the sketchbooks of so many potters and ceramic artists. While they were developing their 2-d skills, I was grading papers as an English teacher, and, in effect, teaching myself to write.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have discovered a field of work that offers ample opportunities for enticing and stimulating our curiosity about materials and processes so we can use them to expressive and aesthetic ends." That quotation is something I can tell you. What I write is my way of showing you what I mean.


Teaching and Workshops

Teaching and Workshops

I taught for 39 years at Juniata College, originally (1967) directing the freshman composition program and teaching American literature and writing, then from 1972-2006 I became part-time and taught ceramics in the art department. Teaching helped me keep learning and gave me a ringside seat at the art arena, where people amaze themselves and others by using clay to make their dreams (and occasionally their nightmares) come true.

I enjoyed thinking up ways for people to exercise their originality while they gained an understanding of the science, craft and art of ceramics. The link above shares a few of my favorite assignments. Teaching several workshops each year keeps what I know from just informing what I make; it's a way to maintain an ongoing dialogue with others about why and how we are challenged and fulfilled by our work in clay.

Workshops
I usually do 4-6 workshops per year, some of which are hands-on and involve firings. If you are interested in participating in one of these, or booking me 6 months to one year ahead, please contact me.

I have taught more than 222 workshops at such places as the 92nd Street Y in New York, Penland School of Crafts, Laloba Ranch Clay Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the American Ceramic Society’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, and many college and university art departments.

I believe that good pots have timeless, dynamic qualities that outlast their makers. An awareness of historical pots and the people who made them can be a rich source of inspiration for what we make. How can we invest and discover such goodness in our work? In my workshops I often include a slide talk drawing from the 20,000-year heritage of potters to relate our own quest for meaningful pots to some of the accomplishments of earlier ceramists.

Education and Employment

Education and Employment

EDUCATION:
1961 B.S. West Chester State College, West Chester, Pa.
1962 Philadelphia College of Art, night school.
1965-66. Alfred University Graduate School Summer Session, Alfred, NY.
1967 M.A. in English and Art, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
1969 Glassblowing scholarship, Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.
1991 Participant, IWCAT Workshop, Tokoname, Japan.
1991 Participant, International Ceramics Symposium, Jurmala, Latvia.
1992 Collaborative work with Masayasu Ishihara, Neba, Nagano, Japan.
1996 Participant, Ceramics in China, at Jingdezhen, Univ. WVA.
1999 Visiting Artist, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan,
2000. Residency, Rufford Ceramic Centre, Nottinghamshire, England.

OCCUPATIONS; PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT;
1961-65 Nether Providence High School, Wallingford, Pa. Teacher of English.
1965-6 Colegio Nueva Granada, Bogota, Colombia.
1966-7 Resident Counselor, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
1970-71 Visiting Professor of Ceramics, Kent State University.
1986 Visiting Professor, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
1967-1972 Asst. Professor of Art (ceramics), Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA.

MEMBERSHIPS
National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, 1968-present.

Lectures and Demonstration Workshops

Lectures and Demonstration Workshops

187, including:
- 9 in New Zealand,
- 5 in Australia,
- 2 in Scotland,
- 4 in England.
In 2006-7: Greenwich House Pottery NYC; Mt Hood CC, Gresham OR; Tucson Museum of Art, AZ; Mary Anderson Center, Saint Francis, IN; Harrisburg Area Comm. Coll. Harrisburg, PA.

REGIONAL AND NATIONAL JURIED SHOWS
70. Most recently, Strictly Functional Ceramics National, Lancaster, PA  2005.
National Juried Wood Fired Exhibition, Thrown Together Gallery, Louisville, KY.
“Feats of Clay,” Lincoln, CA.

Invitational Exhibitions

Invitational Exhibitions

96, including these in 2005-7:
"Porcelain in the Anagama" Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2005
"Endless Variations: Shino Review 2005"  Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD 2005; 
“Claybash.” Hunterdon County Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ. 2006
International Woodfire Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.2006
6th Annual Sul Ross State University Ceramics Invitational, Alpine, TX. 2007.
“Takeazu, Beamer, Troy,” Rose Lehrman Art Gallery, Harrisburg Area Community College, PA.
Master Kilnbuilders 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Glassworks Gallery, Louisville, KY.
“Clay-Wood-Fire” Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
48.
In 2004-5 McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA; Hood College, Frederick, MD.

Grants and Awards

Grants and Awards

GRANTS:
Craftsman's Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1981.
Fellowship in Literature (poetry), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,1986.
Crafts Fellowship, Huntingdon Arts Council, 1991.
Crafts Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1992. 

AWARDS:
60, including purchase awards from:
William Penn Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Arizona State UIniversity, Tempe AZ
Delaware Art Center, Wilmington, DE
Auckland Museum of Art, Auckland, New Zealand
Fletcher Brownbilt Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Peat Marwick Collection, Contemporary Ceramics, Pittsburgh, PA
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Lansing Pottersguild, Lansing, Mi
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

RECENT AWARDS
2002. Stoneware paddled bottle,"Fall and Winter," Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
2004. Porcelain "Comet Plate," and Porcelain "Torqued Form," McNeese State Unversity, Lake Charles, LA.;
Juror's Award, "Strictly Functional Pottery National," Lancaster, PA, 2-Gallon Pitcher.
“Cups of Merit,” NCECA award.
2005. "Woodfired Bottle, purchase award, Saint Francis University, Fort Wayne, IN.
2005. Chosen by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to make presentation pieces for the Governor's Awards for the Arts.

Publications and Articles

Publications and Articles

PUBLICATIONS:
Salt Glazed Ceramics, Watson-Guptill,  New York, N.Y. 1977
Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain, Chilton, Radnor, PA, 1995.
Calling the Planet Home (Poems) McKnight & Gunn. 2003. 

ARTICLES:
60+, in the following publications:
American Craft
American Ceramics
Ceramics Art and Perception
Ceramics Monthly
Craft Horizons
Journal of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts
Pottery in Australia
The Studio Potter
Most recently, “Comparative Book Review,” Ceramics Arts and Perception, Summer, 2006; “Barter: The Feeling Bond,” Ceramics Monthly, Feb. ’07; “A Pixiegama in Pennsylvania,” The Log Book, Spring, ’07.

Countries Visited Professionally

Countries Visited Professionally

Australia, China, Colombia, Canada, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Thrown
Teabowls
Wood
Anagama