CLAY, COLOR, CHARACTER = Handmade Ceramics

Handbuilt banner for the wall, terra sigillata, modern contemporary.

Meet the Artist

Curious handprinted ceramic bird vessel, stoneware clay.

Handmade Contemporary Ceramics

Whether creating handmade stoneware, white porcelain or Japanese raku pottery, I approach each pieces as a distinct and individual character.  

Joan Libby Hawk studio potter,  produced local handmade pottery in Sarasota, FL.

My Journey

In 2017 I opened my Sarasota studio, returning to art after a career in New York City directing communications at NGOs, government and the United Nations promoting women's human rights and empowerment.  

Handmade pottery greenware, drying.

Just the Facts...

ART and DESIGN: Exhibiting at Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34238.   Member, Women's Contemporary Artists (WCA), Sarasota.  MFA, City University, NY.  Studied, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford; Bangkok Museum, Art Students League, NYC.  Teach: Suncoast Technical College, Sarasota.


Color & Clay -- A Duet, May 2020

Joan Libby Hawk Ceramics and Jana Millstone Paintings -- together we created a unique collaborative exhibit that celebrates color, light and form.  "We welcomed working together in a kind of jazz duet riffing off the play of light, negative space, transparent color." The installation provides a natural context that echoes how people actually live with multiple forms of art. 

Modern abstract painting  in acrylic by Joan Libby Hawk entitled "That There".

Vision / 20:20, Solo Show, February 2020

I've recently connected to painting, thriving in its contrast to handmade ceramics and the dialog that results.  My approach in contemporary paintings, like my contemporary pottery, ranges widely, driven by inquiry and discovery.  A definitive place may become an organized energy of color and brushwork and a non-existent state may be rendered with utmost clarity. 

Art, Friends and the Virtual...

Informal spot for parking work in process, ideas and collaborations.  

Good place to start is Color & Clay -- A Duet an exhibit that turned virtual because of you know what (please stay safe...).  Envisioned as an integrated, collaborative experience of paintings and ceramics that riffed off each other, visually darting and weaving.  Now virtual,  Jana and I continued to pursue and produce a series of images and story.

Contemporary Art Work for the Home