Joy Bridy is a potter living in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Her travels have taken her coast to coast, from Seattle to Maine,
to explore the hands-on world of clay and fire wood and salt kilns with curiosity.
In Washington, DC, she continued her urban perambulations, working out of the Lee Arts Center in Falls Church VA, the Eastern Market Pottery, and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in her Eastern Market neighborhood, where she managed their clay studio and taught children and adults, handbuilding and wheel work, function and sculpture. Urban living encouraged Joy to continue traveling, firing wood kilns across the country and visiting wood firing artists to discover first-hand the intensely rich and diverse culture of wood that is building momentum and personality.
Joy is currently working and teaching in her solo studio in the rolling hills of Jefferson County, WV, among neighbors of cows, horses, and peach orchards. After designing and building her hybrid bourry box wood kiln, she's thrilled to be deep in the creating cycle for the next firing, plus combing the local crevices for kiln firing crew members, creating the balance between personal work and community building that she loves best.