Joanie Wolter, Sculptor, Ceramicist & Mixed Media
Sculptor, Ceramicist & Mixed Media
Joanie Wolter was born and raised in Southern California. She attended school in the city of Downey, then college at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Sociology. She continued her education at Long Beach State and received a teaching credential in elementary education, and later a credential to teach math. She also received her Masters Degree from The College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Her teaching career lasted 37 years, spending most of those years working with “at risk” students in alternative educational settings.
Joanie has always been a crafter, having done knitting, crocheting, sewing, and tole painting as hobbies for years. She fell in love with mosaics after taking classes in Long Beach, CA, where she and Charlie lived. After working with very needy students all day long, she found that going out to her workshop was a welcome respite, and offered her a sense of solitude. She discovered the Sedona Arts Center shortly after their move, and took many classes before finding that ceramics was her favorite medium. As a result, she’s a regular at SAC’s ceramics studio, and has taken additional classes from guest artists, where she learned to work with paper clay. She’s always had an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors, particularly flowers, and began making them from paper clay to embellish her hand built ceramic pieces.
Now, Joanie’s taken another artistic turn. After taking a fiber clay sculpting workshop, she found a new passion. The whimsical pieces she creates are who she is – a little goofy and fun loving. These sculptures are made from a low fire fiber clay which she finds gives them durability and sturdiness. Most of her “Senior Series” pieces are modeled after her – full figured, middle aged and ready to live life to its fullest.
Joanie’s “Ravens and Friends Series” is a playful look at some of nature’s critters through her eyes. Joanie’s “Big Ass Raven” received the People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Sedona Arts Center’s Members Show and her “Fast Food” roadrunner received the 2010 Coconino County Fair Best of Show Award. Her latest award was another People’s Choice where she won Best Ornament at The Friends of the Library Festival of Wreaths for her baby raven ornament.
In addition to her art, Joanie is now teaching classes in sculpting with fiber clay. She has combined her two passions, creating art and teaching. How can life get any better than that?
Joanie’s artistic name is “Cuvée”, a term used in the wine world to mean “a blend”. Her blend of humor, creativity, and imagination, along with mixed media, create pieces she truly hopes you will enjoy owning as much as she enjoyed making.