Judy studied pottery under Tom Marsh and received her BA and MA degrees in ceramics from the University of Louisville. She continues her study at craft centers nationwide with many of today’s foremost potters. Judy has participated in both regional and national exhibitions and in recent years has focused on architectural ceramics such as custom one-of-a-kind porcelain sinks, cabinet knobs, and tile. She has completed numerous public and private commissions from Hawaii to New York.
For Judy Miner, function is her constant directive – the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of a piece becomes the central element guiding her in her work. Function lures the user into a conversation which may include any aspect of the object: does the cup rest gently in the hand, does the sink drain well, does the plate make the food more appealing, does the tile beg to be touched?
Judy states, “The sensual pleasure of working with clay, I hope, informs my work in such a way that the user/viewer derives equal pleasure. As the wet clay responds to my touch, the touch of the user now responds to the texture seemingly still alive on the surface. As your fingers explore the marks that my fingers have made, our discussion begins.”
Judy’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.