Ceramic Arts Legend Joyce Michaud Retires from Hood

Joyce Michaud, an internationally known ceramicist and potter, has announced her retirement as a professor at Hood College, where she began teaching in 1994.

Hired to build the College’s ceramic arts program in 1994, Michaud has been the program director ever since. She developed and founded the graduate certificate in ceramic arts, which began in 2003, the Master of Fine Arts (2006) and the Master of Arts in Ceramic Arts (2013). She was also the coordinator of the studio arts program and helped build the studio arts concentration and the art education concentration.

“Joyce has served our community for many years as director of the graduate program in ceramic arts, and she will be greatly missed,” said Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hood. “Her legacy as a teacher, scholar and artist is truly inspiring, and we all wish her the very best!”

For more from Jenna Gianni, a student of Michaud who graduated from Hood in 2018 with an MFA and is now teaching ceramic arts at Hood, about Michaud’s impact, read the piece “Joyce Michaud: The Legacy of a Lifetime” at


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