My ceramic work is created in the heart of North Carolina: Randolph County. In 2010, I built, brick by North Carolina brick, a 40-foot-long, 8-foot-wide kiln on my property outside of Randleman. This unique kiln not only allows me to wood-fire a large body of work, but to infuse my pottery quite literally with the spirit of the Piedmont Triad.
If you look closely at my work, you will see the red North Carolina clay I use to shape everything from coffee cups to large sculptural outdoor planters. I fire the kiln with pine slab offcuts from a local sawmill. Three times a year, I invite the community to kiln openings so they can see my work, talk with me, meet my wife Amanda and our two young sons, and take home a piece of authentic North Carolina pottery. The best part of my potter’s life is meeting my customers face to face and witnessing their excitement and pleasure in viewing, holding and owning—or giving as gifts—my work.
I’m grateful to Pittsboro potter, Mark Hewitt, for allowing me to apprentice with him for three and a half years. Because of my training with Mark, who is originally from England, I learned how to create functional pottery in the English tradition, including incorporating the fluid, slip-trailed lines and rounded form I admire. My work has also been influenced through my exploration of the South’s historic alkaline and salt-glazed pottery as well as colorful glazes. My glaze experimentation relates directly to my love of nature, reminding me of the diverse properties of the elements.
Having worked primarily on the wheel, I have recently expanded my work to include large hand-built sculptures—some as high as five feet tall. Just as I do with all of my ceramic work, I use locally dug clay bodies and select local clays for glazes that I know will react well in my kiln. The challenges and rewards of working with this off-the-wheel technique adds to my love of my work as a ceramic artist and helps me connect even more to this place I call home: the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
in the Media
Waynette Goodson, "Outdoor Artistry: Fusing Pottery with Peonies." Exterior Design Magazine, Volume 4, 2018
Pottery Making Illustrated - "In the Potter's Kitchen:Large Serving Platter." January/February 2018
Ceramics Monthly - "Studio Visit: Joseph Sand." June/July/August 2018
Austin Living Magazine, July-Aug 2015. p35.
Stephen C. Compton, Seagrove Potteries Through Time, Charleston: Fonthill Media. 2015.
Richard Garkalns, “Home is where your passion is!” The Randolph Guide, Asheboro, NC, December 31, 2014. 1-3A.
Southern Living Magazine - "Container of the Month.” March 2014
Judi Brinegar, “Potter’s Journey Turns to Randolph,” The Courier Tribune, Asheboro, NC. July 9, 2011. p1-2A.
Asheboro Magazine, exhibition announcement with photos, Asheboro, NC, no. 23 (June 2012). p30-31.
Ceramics Monthly - "Brick ‘Buy’ Brick.” June/July/August 2011
Judi Brinegar, Thrive Magazine, “Joseph Sand: A New Potter with an Old Soul”
Michael Abatemarco, “Art in Review: ‘Pottery of the U.S. South’ at the Museum of International Folk Art, Pasatiempo: The New Mexican, Nov. 28, 2014
Natalie Wilson. Featured Roy’s Folks Artist. WGHP-TV. High Point, NC. Nov. 12, 2015.
Roy Ackland. “Randolph County Man Making a Name for Himself in Pottery World.” Roy’s Folks.WGHP-TV, High Point, NC. Aug. 17, 2015
Craft in America, "Joseph Sand on his apprenticeship with Mark Hewitt"