As an artist working by the sea in a community where science, technology, and mechanical engineering compliment geography, it’s no wonder I do what I do. Particularly, I’ve learned:

  • accept weather
  • respect tides
  • appreciate impermanence
  • say thank you a lot
Childhood ocean play, a college degree in fine arts, a ceramics independent study in 1970, and 35 years experimenting with clay, glaze, and fire. Yes… I earn my living doing this work. How?

An article by artist/composer Brian Eno in Wired Magazine May 1995 supported my marketing strategy, especially when I had few materials and low success rates. Eno said, “The process we call art is happening elsewhere, in areas that might be called by other names.” “The traditional sites for art activity seem to be losing their power, while new sites for art are becoming powerful. We have been looking for art in the wrong places.”

Video and 2012 events

As Artist in Residence at Georgetown University, keep abreast of events here.

To learn more in 4 minutes, view The Soft Earth video here. (Quicktime movie).

Resume below:

Commissions  |  Collections  |  Presentations  |  Articles and Media about Joan

Exhibitions  |  Written by Joan  |  Educational Work  |  Education

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  • 2008 - present: private commissions usually celebrating rites of passage and milestones.
  • 2008 - “Seven Large Marine Ecosystems” for retiring NOAA Vice-Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher.
  • 2008 - “Climate Change Bowls” gifts for panelists speaking on climate change journalism at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
  • 2007 - “Your Work Your Prize” 27” tall urn for WHOI Long Core Expedition on Research Vessel Knorr cruise 191 using first sediment collected from first sea trials of 150 foot sediment corer.
  • 2003 - “Thank You Bowls” for MIT Earth System’s Initiative donors.
  • 1989-1990 - “Presidential Bowls” made for MIT President Charles Vest to use as gifts.
  • 1979 - Bowls for Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ shop in conjunction with show, “New England Begins.”

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Generally, work is in China, Japan, Korea, India, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Africa, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Quatar, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, France, Sweden, Malaysia, and throughout the United States.

Specifically, a few examples -- most recent first:

  • John Michele Cousteau
  • Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Leadership and Scholarship
  • Susan Avery, Director Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Linda Pepper, Painter, MD
  • Research Vessel Point Sur, California State University
  • Roxanne Googin, Utah
  • Sebastio Salgado, Brazil
  • Marie Tharp, Cartographer NY
  • Burt Alberts, President National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.
  • Barbara Cherry, Professor of Telecommunication, Indiana
  • Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, founder of GoLoco
  • Charles Gritton, CTO HillCrest Communications & Laboratories.
  • Adam Peake, Center for Global Communications, Tokyo.
  • Mark Peshoff, Senior Director, Executive Thought Leadership; Cisco Systems.
  • Ewan Morrison, Editor for Executive Thought Leadership Team, Cisco.
  • John Delaney, volcanologist, University of Washington.
  • Sergei Tschernich, President Cornish College of Art, Seattle WA.
  • Marine Research Institute, Iceland
  • Phillipe Cousteau, Earthecho, Washington D.C.
  • Michael Hawley, Director MIT Media Lab
  • Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, CA
  • Bob Ballard, Mystic CT
  • David Orr, Professor Environmental Science, Oberlin College, OH
  • John Todd, Professor Ecological Design, University of Vermont
  • Marlena Porsche, Switzerland.
  • Tony Blair, Prime Minister of England
  • John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister of UK
  • Molly Bang, author illustrator, CA and MA.
  • WGBH public Radio, MA
  • George Wald, Nobel Laureate & Ruth Hubbard, author & Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.
  • Tim Hunt, Nobel Laureate, England
  • Martin J. Kemp, professor Oxford University, England
  • Poltimore Center for Arts & the Natural World, UK
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA
  • Al Young, California Poet Laureate 2006, Berkeley CA.

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Presentations (slide/talks and digital presentations)

  • 2011 - Woods Hole Golf Club.
  • 2010 - Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Leadership and Scholarship staff, and Art Department faculty.
  • July 2009 - Marine Biological Laboratory Club evening lecture and “Brushwork Yoga” demonstration.
  • 2008 - “Outreach” Geology and Geophysics seminar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
  • 2001- “Ocean as Salt Water Prairie” at Land Institute’s Prairie Festival in Salina Kansas
  • 2000 - “Ocean Sediment Glazes and their Pre-Heated Stories” at New England Aquarium with C. Eben Franks of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
  • 1998 - College Art Association speaker on Professor Martin Kemp’s panel titled “Structural Intuitions”
  • 1997 - Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts gallery talk and display of work.

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Articles and Media about Joan

  • 2011 . article in Brown University’s “Wathershed,” by Chrissie Bodznick.
  • 2011 - article in New England Home magazine by Janice Rohlf
  • 2008 - video by meteorologist Mish Michaels’ video for WBZ weather team.
  • 2007 - “Kiln” poem by Suzanne Gardinier, professor at Sarah lawrence College
  • 2006 - WICN “Inquiry” radio interview with Mark Lynch. Listen here.
  • 2006 - “Robi on the Road” video for CBS television by David Robichaud
  • 2000 - "Ocean Sediment Glazes," in on-line journal “Ceramics Today,” by Stephen Goldate.
  • 2003 - “Dendrites from the Deep” essay in German edition “Visualizations: the Nature Book of Art and Science” by Martin J. Kemp. Oxford University Press
  • 2002 - “Gifts from the Sea” essay in “Cape Cod Life” magazine by Amy Wilson Sanger
  • 2001 - “Gaia’s Glazes,” article in Resurgence” magazine by Nancy J. Todd.
  • 2001 - “Buckets of Mud Make Beautifully Deep Art” “Cape Cod Times,”by Paul Pronovost.
  • 2001 - “The Soft Earth” WCAI-WNAN National Public Radio story by Tracy Hampton,
  • 2001 - “Dendrites from the Deep” essay in “Visualizations: the Nature Book of Art and Science” by Martin J. Kemp, University of California Press, Oxford University Press.
  • 1999 - “Glazes From Deep Time” article in “Nature,” vol. 398 issue # 6726 by Martin J. Kemp.
  • 1998 - “Life Speaking to Life: the Pottery of Joan Lederman,” article in “Annals of Earth” vol. XVI, #3, by Nancy Todd, published by Ocean Arks International & Lindesfarne Association.

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  • 2012 - Jan. - April . Georgetown University Spagnuolo Gallery, show of work and lecture tie-ins.
  • 1989 - 2011: The Soft Earth Studio in Woods Hole. A global audience finds Joan’s studio while visiting Woods Hole because of science institutes, education, conferences, and general travel.
  • 2009 - Newport Art Museum participant in member’s show.
  • 2009 - Cape Museum of Fine Arts participant in group show of Cape Cod Potters.
  • 2008 - Cahoon Museum group show, “From the Fire.”
  • 2001 - The Land Institute, Salina Kansas.
  • 1998 - New England Aquarium, Boston MA
  • 1998 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster MA
  • 1978 - Endeavor House at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA

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Written by Joan

  • 2010 - “Gaia’s Glazes: Mysteries of Sea-Mud Glazing Revealed” by Joan.
  • 2007 - “Messages from the Flower Pulpit” book by Joan, published by The Soft Earth Press.
  • 2003 - “Deep Sea Treasures,” essay in “Ceramic Review” issue 199,
  • 2001 - 2002 - “Centered on the Edge:” artist in residence creating collaborative report, Centered on the Edge” published by Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo MI.
  • 2000 - “The Darkness Behind Her” essay in “At Grandmother’s Table” by Ellen Berkeley, published by Fairview Press.

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  • 2011 - 2012 - Artist in Residence Georgetown University.
  • 1990 - 1997 - Founder/teacher “Kids Clayspace,” summer program for children and adults.
  • 1994 - 1995 - Peer Mediation Program assistant, Morse Pond School. Falmouth, MA,
  • 1989 - 1991 - Arts Coordinator, Mullen Hall School. Falmouth,
  • 1988 - 1992 - Co-designer/teacher of arts-integrated curriculum for teachers. Mullen-Hall, Falmouth
  • 1989 - Artist in Residence, Mullen Hall School: performance/sculpture, workshops with students.
  • 1971 - Teacher of Art, Twinfield Junior High School, Plainfield, VT.
  • 1968 - 1969 - Teacher of Art, Cherry Lawn School, Darien, CT.

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  • 1991 - Summer Visual Studies Institute at Phillips Academy, Andover with Pratt Institute.
  • 1970 - Independent Study in ceramics and kiln building with Phil Homes at Goddard College, VT.
  • 1964 - 1968 - Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, B.F.A. degree. painting major.