Joan Bruneau is a studio potter whose work embraces artistic intent and creative risk while being rooted in tradition. The confluence of function, symbolism and beauty challenge and inspire her as a maker. Her wheel-thrown and constructed pottery forms are influenced by a range of sources, from Chinese and European historical pottery forms to botanical structures, landscape and architectural ornament.
Joan Bruneau has been a Part-Time Faculty in the Ceramics Department at NSCAD and a full time studio potter in Lunenburg, NS since 1995. She earned her BFA from NSCAD in 1988, and MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1993. Her work is exhibited throughout North America and is in public collections including the AGNS, Canada, Sykes Gallery, USA and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China. Joan was Assistant Professor at ECIAD from 1998-2002 and has taught in the Distance Diploma Programs at Red Deer College, the Australia National University and Glasgow School of Art. Joan was the 2005 recipient of the Winnifred Shantz Award which funded her residency at La Meridiana Ceramics Residency in Italy.