Joseph Jostes has a love for traditional pottery and its place in everyday life remains a strong lure and influence. “My goal every day and with every piece is to see my work advance in skill and craftsmanship,” Jostes says. Pottery offers an unending chain of ideas and challenges. Jostes says he “has more ideas than time allows.”
Jostes produces redware, mocha ware, and salt-glazed stoneware. The main body of the work is thrown using slips to decorate. He uses hand-building to augment his work.
Jostes has been a potter for 35 years and considers “Tonnage” to be his main teacher. In 2014, he was invited, with his wife, to teach a slab pottery class at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has been selected numerous years to be listed as one of the Top 200 American Artists in “Early American Life” magazine Annual Directory of American Craftsman.
His work can be seen and purchased at his gallery in Salesville.