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Joel Philip Myers

born 1934
Resides in Bloomington, Illinois

Biography           Statement           Ask the Artist
Joel Philip Myers is presently distinguished professor of art - Illinois State University, Normal, Il. His work is included in these collections: The American Craft Museum, New York City; The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and theMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Among his honors is Honorary Life Membership in the Glass Art Society and a craftman's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Myers is one of the small group of American craftsmen invited to exhibit at the First World Crafts Exhibition, held in Toronto in 1974.


These are some of the things that have influenced my work-- Mohnkuchen: a poppyseed pastry of my childhood. Red paper poppies sold on Armistice Day. Fields of wild poppies, rouge coquelicot, in France. Poppies in my Danish garden, Den Rode Valume. These have inspired the red pieces, but in my garden also grow delphinium, scabiosa, aquilegia, foxglove, lupine and many, many roses.

Ask the Artist

Where do you get the ideas for your work?

In the past many years inspiration originates in the natural world. Colors and flowers.

Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?

A team.

Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?

Am presently distinguished professor of art - Illinois State University, Normal, Il.

What's the most exciting part of creating your works?

The physical act in harmony with inspirational and intuitive responses.

What's the most difficult part of creating your works?

The fear of not being "successful."

What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?

Not really - only with regard to electronic and refractory equipment.

Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?

Determination, hard work, discipline, motivation - some self-confidence.

What are we missing by experiencing your work through the Internet and not seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling/touching it in person?

Scale - weight - density - changing light conditions - subtle surface characteristics and shadows.

Thomas Muir Leon and Sharon Niehues