Joy Trpkovic



 My handbuilt ceramic work is inspired by natural forms, marine or land based. Delicate translucent funghi, fossis and shells are catalysts for interpretation. I use the simplest tools - my hands, a wooden stick amd a scalpel to carve and pinch the clay to risky thinness.  Hand painted low fired lustres complete the works which have been high fired to 1260 degrees C in an electric kiln. The colours I use echo my early watercolour paintings.

Recent wall pieces reflect the dynamic of shoals and colonies as I arrange groups of small sculptures, enabling display - either wall hung or free standing. Light can pass through the perspex box frames which enhances the delicacy of the work.  New tall paper thin vessels take very translucent wrapped porcelain to risky narrow height . 

 My recent works accepted in CICA 33 International Ceramic Competition at the Museum of Ceramics, Alcora, Spain are part of a new series of hand built stoneware and porcelain sculptures that can be positioned indoors or outdoors.


Feb.2012Elected a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
1973ATD, University of Sussex
1972 B.A.(hons.Fine Art)Portsmouth
1969Goldsmiths College of Art London

Exhibition History

Oct. 2015"Made, London" 1, Marylebone. London
Oct.2015Handmade at Kew., Richmond.
June - Sept. 2015Milan Art Expo, Milan, Italy
June -September. 201535CICA 2015 Museum of Ceramics, Alcora, Spain. Second Prize
May - Sept. 2015'Nautical" RBSA gallery, Birmingham
Jan. 2015Art-Rooms, London
Jan. 2015SDC at the Mall Galleries
Nov. 2014Member's Area, Handmade in Britain, Chelsea
Oct. 2014."Made", London. 1 Marylebone
Sept. 2014"Argilla Argillish" Faenza, Italy
June - Sept. 2014Bilston Craft Gallery, Birmingham "Beside the Seaside"
July 2014.Bembridge Sailing Club. Summer Exhibition. Isle of Wight.
July 2014.Solo Exhibition. Paintings and Ceramics. White Cube Gallery, harrow Arts Centre.
May 2014.Handmade in Britain. Spring Edition. Chelsea.
May 2014.Fiveways Fine Art. invited exhibition. Brighton
Mar. 2014.Spring Exhibition. New Ashgate Gallery
March 2014."Things that Breathe" Chelsea Arts Club. London
Jan. 2014Designer Crafts at the Mall, London
Dec. 2013International Ceramic Biennial,Haacht,Belgium
Nov.'13-Dec.'14Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition. Villa Necchi Campiglio. curated by Jean Blanchaart.
Nov.'13-Dec.'14Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan. Italy
Oct. 2013"Made, London". 1 Marylebone
July 2013Paintings and Ceramics at Bembridge Sailing Club, Isle of Wight
July 2013Handmade Interiors,
May 2013Palace Art fair, London
June-Sept.2013Museu de Ceramica De L'Alcora, Spain. Contemporary Ceramics
June - Sept. 2013Finalist. International Competition CICA 2013 Museum of Ceramics, Alcora, Spain
Jan. 20132 SDC Group shows at Hepsibah Gallery, London.
January 2013SDC at the Mall Galleries, London
November 2012Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
September 2012Earsham Street Galllery, Suffolk
August 2012Cork Street Open Exhibition
July 2012Gallery Fifty Five, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire
June 2012Lingwood Samuels Fine Art, Cranleigh, Surrey
May 2012Handmade in Britain, Oxo Tower Gallery, London
January 2012SDC at the Mall Galleries, London
Mar. 2012The Upstairs Gallery,Berkhamsted
Feb. 2012The Chelsea Arts Club
Jan. 2012S.D.C. at The Mall Galleries, London
October 2011Handmade in Britain, Chelsea, London
June - Sept.2011International Ceramic Competition, 2nd Prize. Museum of Ceramics, Alcora, Spain
June - Sept. 2010CICA 2010 International Ceramics Competition, Museum of Ceramics, Alcora, Spain