Artistic lampwork glass beads and custom glass sculptures
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About the Artist:  Joy Munshower

Joy Munshower portrait
I graduated from SJSU with a degree in Design with an emphasis in Ceramic Studio Practices. After college, I lived in Germany for a few years, explored most of central Europe, and then returned to graduate studies at CSU Fresno for Sculpture.

I spent most of my twenties as a professional sculptor selling my bronze wildlife sculptures through the Nature Company, Natural Wonders, and Nature Crafts. At that time, I worked with Joe Vaca of Honor Excellence in San Francisco as Head Fabricator on many bronze sculpture commissions.

For almost 20 years I worked in the construction and interior design industry... selling and designing tile & stone, cabinets, doors, hardwood flooring, granite & millwork. I also consulted part-time as an interior designer and supervised tile and stone restoration and remodeling crews.

In 2010 I stepped down as Head Production Artist / Manager of Merchandising and Dealer Customer Support for Fireclay Tile in San Jose, CA. Fireclay is a handmade tile manufacturing company that has developed "green" (recycled content) ceramic and glass tile for residential and commercial use.

Before moving to Southern California, I was a supporter and volunteer at Higher Fire Clay Studio in downtown San Jose; helping with the on-site gallery. I continue to support Beads of Courage. They provide innovative arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with serious illnesses.

I am constantly working on new pieces, commissions, and tutorials so check back often, or Follow me on Facebook.

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way," G. O'Keeffe