Ceramics arts legend retires from Hood College

Joyce Michaud, the founder and pioneer of the Hood College ceramic arts program, recently retired after 15 years at Hood College.

Joyce Michaud, an internationally known ceramicist and potter, has retired as a professor at Hood College, where she began teaching in 1994.

Hired to build the college’s ceramic arts program in 1994, Michaud has been the program director ever since. She developed and founded the graduate certificate in ceramic arts, which began in 2003, the Master of Fine Arts (2006) and the Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts (2013). She was also the coordinator of the studio arts program and helped build the studio arts concentration and the art education concentration.

“Joyce has served our community for many years as director of the graduate program in ceramic arts, and she will be greatly missed,” said Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hood. “Her legacy as a teacher, scholar and artist is truly inspiring, and we all wish her the very best!”

In addition to developing curriculum, Michaud has pioneered improvements to Hood’s ceramics facilities. Under her leadership, the ceramics program has added two newly renovated studio and working spaces in the Tatem Arts Center and a ceramics studio in the Hodson Annex building; and a state-of-the-art kiln pavilion, which includes two gas kilns, two soda-firing kilns, a wood kiln and a raku kiln, as well as a pit firing area.

Michaud graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 from Lycoming College, and she earned her Master of Fine Arts in 1992 from George Washington University. She has exhibited and taught several classes and workshops internationally in China, Australia, Denmark and Great Britain. She has been featured in 27 solo and invited small group exhibitions in the U.S. Her instruction has been published in books, periodicals, DVDs, newspapers and on TV. From 1991 to 2011, she led dozens of lectures and workshops throughout the East Coast.

Hood’s Department of Art and Archaeology is working with the administration to ensure all current ceramic arts students will continue to be fully supported throughout their degree progression. Additionally, a search is underway for a visiting scholar to serve as interim director of the ceramic arts program in the coming year.

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