Joyce Johnson

From my earliest memory, I have enjoyed creating things. I was very fortunate when attending grade school to have a traveling art teacher. Each week when she visited, there would be a new project. We learned something about all the various disciplines. I would then take what had been taught, expand and change it, and make it my own.

Junior High opened up a whole new world for me. I was able to take an art class every day. Entering high school, I was now an "art major." I was thrilled. Drawing, painting, sculpting, carving and creating jewelry were all open to me. I took advantage of every one!

Upon entering college, I could take two or three art classes every day. I was in heaven. At that time, my goal was to become an art teacher to pass on my love of art to children. However, that was not to be. I fell in love, married and moved to Illinois.After a year in the Midwest, we returned to California and I returned to classes while raising a family. I completed my B.A., but with three children in tow, I became a stay-at-home-mom but still creating projects. I also enrolled in additional art classes just for the enjoyment. In 1980 the local Parks & Rec offered a stained-glass class and the rest is history. I had found my niche.

In 1981 I displayed some of my work at a local holidays arts and crafts show. I was thrilled that people would actually spend their hard-earned money to buy something I had created, and especially because it brought a smile to their faces.

To this day, that has been my goal. For the past 38 years, I have shown my pieces in countless shops, been in hundreds of shows and build numerous windows.

I am grateful to have been accepted into the mountain arts gallery - my "forever home." I love the interaction between my fellow Gallery mates and the customers. I hope to spend many more years displaying and selling my whimsical pieces of glass work in the Gallery!

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