He’s A Neighborhood Man | Joe Lyons | Episode 741


Joe Lyons | Episode 741

Joseph Lyons found his love for clay as a toddler in Seattle, Washington. Jos emigrated to Canada in 2016 to attend Vancouver Island College. Joe obtained a number of awards and scholarships for his dedication to group engagement and repair whereas enrolled. Joe obtained a Visible Arts diploma from VIU and labored as studio assistant within the Ceramics classroom. He graduated in Spring 2020. Joe has bought his artwork at a number of outlets and galleries within the BC space. Joe volunteers at native colleges, working with youth, main pottery workshops. He’s an energetic member of the Tozan Woodfire Society. Joe is a ceramic teacher at The Hub in Cowichan Station working with Cathi Jefferson and Nanaimo Ceramic Arts for Bronwyn Arundel.


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Please outline what group is to you.

Oh, it’s the individuals I see on a regular basis or that I’m in contact with day by day. I used to be simply up the river in Nanaimo right here and there was a gentleman  who got here up and he was there to fly fish. He informed me the story of how he camped on this spot together with his sons for eleven days and I may inform that reminiscence meant a lot to him. So I feel that opportune second to satisfy any individual and join with them in that manner will be group. I feel this 12 months and a half, or no matter it’s, has actually taught us that. You recognize, that there are a lot of methods to remain in contact, and what actually issues to us as human beings is our interpersonal relationships and our connection to one another.  Yeah, so group to me is Nanaimo Ceramics Arts the place I spend a lot of my time however it’s larger than that. It’s family and friends and  individuals within the studio develop into mates, you realize, folks that I’m blissful to see.

Why is clay such a communal exercise as you stated earlier?

Properly, traditionally it due to all of the work that’s concerned I might say. The kiln for instance, so human being can hearth a kiln for 36 hours by themselves or I’ve but to satisfy one which does. The dedication that it takes is so large that I feel historically it has been a gaggle exercise due to all of the steps concerned. And I feel there’s this therapeutic factor too, that I see. I simply received to do a pinch pot workshop with some second graders at an area elementary faculty with one other fellow artist buddy and at hand these little youngsters a little bit of clay, and possibly most of them have by no means performed clay earlier than, however all of them knew the place clay got here from, Paul. It was actually cool as a result of we requested them, we talked to them earlier than we began to make their pots. The place does clay come from? And so they all knew. Or most of them knew that it’s from the river or I see it by the ocean. They’ve this innate information of earth and clay and then you definitely hand it to them and also you don’t actually need to inform them a lot. I demo-ed the best way to make a pinch pot however it’s prefer it appears pure to me and it’s very inclusive and welcoming and that may be a lovely factor.

Do you discover it inspirational to be part of group?

I don’t discover a lot else meaning extra to me in my life, Paul. I do know it. It’s given my life which means and function and path and steering and it’s been such a present to me.

Do you discover that being deeply concerned in group opens up plenty of alternatives for you?

Oh, completely! Yeah, I consider that previous adage, It’s not what you realize, it’s who you realize.  I don’t go about my way of life in that vogue however definitely I may consider so many examples of that in my life. The person a part of it for me is I select to point out up. I select to get up day by day and take motion. However then what occurs after I take that motion is commonly out of my management. And that’s good factor. If all of us are selecting individually to take these actions to hopefully higher ourselves and the world round us, that’s a world I wish to dwell in. Then this collective consciousness occurs and I’m no mystic or new age individual. I’m only a man who loves enjoying with clay however I consider doing this little volunteer factor on the native highschool and that prime faculty trainer received me different alternatives. It was this cool factor, I bumped into her not too way back, and she or he’s my buddy, you realize. It began out being requested to make bowls at a fundraiser and it’s was….I imply Jean introduced me cookies on my birthday, Paul. It’s cool, like these are my mates and my individuals as a result of now we have this factor in widespread and it’s fairly neat.

Do you’re feeling like being concerned in a group that you’ve got a sure stage of assist as an artist that you’d have by no means had different clever?

A hundred percent. There was a time final 12 months, it was March and college was on the point of finish. you realize, final March everybody was fairly afraid of what we have been going through. And I used to be speaking to those two older guys on Zoom which might be form of mentor guys to me, they don’t seem to be creatives, however I used to be telling them I used to be going to get a special job within the trades and I used to be waffling as a result of I used to be assured cash or observe my ardour. And so they requested me a query, Joe, everybody is aware of you in Nanaimo in your pottery, everybody. Do you should go and get this different job or are you doing it out of worry? And I used to be like, I don’t must, I’m okay. And so they stated, Don’t ever cease doing what you’re keen on till you completely should. It was simply form of cool second to have these guys form of encourage me.

How do you particularly assist group?

I had a very cool alternative within the fall of 2019 to do a mural venture, a ceramic tile mural venture that was about celebrating the range on the campus of Vancouver Island College. So we made all these tiles, I had a bunch of individuals assist me. So we made all these tiles and the individuals, through the celebration of Worldwide World Days, painted the tiles and the theme of the mural is: What do you carry to VIU?  So individuals introduced all their totally different tales and I received to satisfy tons of of scholars, college, guests that might sit down for five or ten or 30-Half-hour and paint a tiles. So this summer time I get to put in this tile mural within the heart of campus proper off the library. And what I envision is that folks that painted a tile will come again and stroll as much as their tile and level at it and say, I used to be part of this. I performed part of this. I like bringing arts to the broader group as a result of everybody will be inventive.


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