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Jo killen​ Ceramic artistsContemporary ceramic artists

TV Interview 2018


The Art of Dwelling, Desta Gallery, San Anselmo, CA 2018

25th Clay & Glass Festival
Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA 2017

Harry with Friends,
San Geronimo Community Center, San Geronimo CA, 2017

​15th Annual Art in Clay Ceramic Arts Show & Sale,
Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto CA, 2016

Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival,

Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA, 2016

​Art Mix in Mendocino:
Odd Fellows Hall, Mendocino, CA, 2015, 2016

Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival,
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto CA 2015

Davis Arts Center,1919 F Street, Davis, CA, 2015

3rd Clay & Glass Biennial:
Brea CA, 2015

Influenced & Inspired by...Big Ideas 1940-1970: Influences in Modern Ceramics:
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol CA, 2014

Best in Kind, SF Bay Area Ceramic Artists:
Curator and exhibitor at Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto CA, 2014

Fire Inspired, Asian Techniques & Traditions in Ceramic Art: San Jose City Hall, San Jose CA, 2012-2013

Ceramic Art: Cantor Art Museum Tour, Stanford, CA, 2013

Inspired by Fire…,” Higher-Fire Clay Space & Gallery: San Jose CA, 2013

Published in the "American Art Collector," Alcove Press 2015, 2016, 2017
National Juried Competition of New Work, Alcove Books, Berkeley CA,

Gallery Representation
Desta Gallery, San Anselmo CA


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Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild (OVCAG), Sunnyvale CA, Member
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Association of Clay and Glass Artists of CA (ACGA), Exhibiting Member & 

​Board Member

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Jo Killen Ceramic Artist

Working at Menlo Park CA Studio

Playing Ceramic Udu Drum

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Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, New York: BA in Art & Psychology

Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York: MA in Art Education
Making art from clay goes back to the beginning of the human experience. It is always with great wonder and excitement that I approach the magic of taking the basic minerals of the earth to create new sculptural and functional work that enhances and expresses our lives.

I am particularly interested in the effects of modern raku and saggar firing techniques. These processes are a partnership between the artist and nature. The artist sets the stage with the selection of clays, shapes, and slips. Then elements of the fire, sawdust, cow dung, seaweed, wood, and chemicals such as copper carbonate and ferric chloride, combine to breath life into the sculptures.

I bring an extensive background in art to my ceramic sculpture. In addition to ceramics, my background includes work as an art teacher, graphic designer, illustrator, and art director in high-tech companies.