JoAnne DeKeuster grew up near the small town of Waumandee, Wisconsin. She received a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Studying at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff she received a Masters degree in fibers/ceramics. Coursework there included travel and study in Japan. After completion of her masters degree at Northern AZ University, Jo and her husband continued to spend summers in Flagstaff. They began working for the University as kiln assistants and eventually each taught the summer Noborigama Wood Fire class. In 1997 the couple bought property in Taos Canyon and began building their home, studio, and kiln area. In 2003 they moved to New Mexico full time.
“Although I was introduced to clay as an undergraduate, I focused on off loom weaving and became a fiber artist. During my masters study I was introduced to wood firing at Northern AZ University. I fell in love with the firing process and the outcome. My husband and I built our first wood kiln near our home in Southern Arizona. After four long years of firing kilns, and not having any art in any of them, I decided it was time to begin making pots again. When I started making pots again, it was because I loved the wood fire. I truly believe it was an important evolution for me. My pots are made with wood firing in mind. They are made for the wood kiln. I can not imagine my artwork fired any other way.”
Her work appears in the books “500 Plates and Platters” and “Wood-fired Ceramics-100 Contemporary Artists.”
Member Since 2004