Joan Rosenberg-Dent received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She taught at many universities including Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan, and was Chairman of Ceramics and Glass at Ohio University. Her work is in several permanent museum collections including The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Canton Art Institute, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, The University of California Santa Barbara Special Collections, as well in many private collections. She continues to exhibit her work and presents lectures and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her pieces are conceived as concepts and presented as abstract sculpture. Currently, her work incorporates mixed media with hand built ceramic forms.
My work is conceived as a concept/metaphor and presented as abstract, porcelain sculpture. Most of my work is unglazed, allowing the translucency of the porcelain to dominate, while light and shadows add subtle depth. I work minimally using only those parts necessary to complete each form. Tension is created in each piece using contrasting elements like black/white, smooth/rough, hard/soft, and organic/architectural. Repetitive forms add strength to my work. I am continually inspired by dance, music, shape, and form.
I work directly with materials without a preconceived plan in a series of approximately ten to thirty pieces. Through investigation, exploration, and evaluation, each new form leads me to the next construction. This “discovery” provides excitement, fulfillment, and feeds my passion.