Joe Hicks

Artist and Associate Professor of Fine Art



My vessels are evidence of persistent inquiry, and the development of new aesthetic principles and processes through investigating the relationships involving the physical nature of clay materials, form and compositional design, and the ceramic process. 

I control the radiant energy of fire to transcendentally engage with, and decorate the surfaces of my vessels. This interaction between atmosphere and material is unpredictable, and provides endless investigation in colliding randomness with structure, challenging my ideas of control.  These vessels become individual artifacts capturing and forever displaying the alliance between process and material.



Carbon Trap Shino and Firing workshop

These workshops are designed to offer participants the ability to learn about the history, the chemistry of, and firing methodology for achieving great results when using carbon trap shino. These workshops are organized around presenting information regarding the origins of Japanese shino, their adoption and utilization by American potters, and research gathered from over 10 years of experience in firing carbon trap shino. Secrets are revealed, and participants are encouraged to share information for the further development of American style shino aesthetics.

Participants will put their new found knowledge to the test and explore the diversity of characteristics offered from multiple carbon trap shino recipes during a glaze demonstration and glaze session, which their own work will be included in a special carbon trap firing.  Participants can shadow Joe as he fires their work, and as he offers valuable advice and experience to encourage some of the elusive results of carbon trap surfaces. 

Workshop Images

Associate Professor of Fine Art

Marymount University

Ceramics Program

Joe was hired at Marymount University in 2013 to develop a ceramics program for the Department of Fine Arts. Since then, the program has grown from two introductory ceramics courses to include an entire curriculum for achieving a Minor in Ceramics. Courses in the program offer students the ability to learn different skills ranging from wheel throwing, mold making and slip casting, 3D printing and prototyping, and glaze chemistry.

Student Work