Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong is a ceramic artist whose sculptures have a fresh sophistication and modern aesthetic that link fine art with craft. Ms. Armstrong holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Before devoting herself full-time to ceramics in 2001, Ms. Armstrong spent nearly 20 years as a freelance fashion stylist/editor in Manhattan. Since then, she has developed a signature technique of building black and white porcelain ceramic sculptures to look delicately stitched together.
Ms. Armstrong’s talent has been recognized and her work critically acclaimed. She received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2008, and was granted prestigious Emerging Artist Awards from American Style Magazine in 2008, Ceramics Monthly in 2007, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2005. She won the First Prize in Sculpture in 2008 and 2006 during the “Annual Art of the Northeast USA Exhibition” at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center (New Canaan, CT) and at the “Bruce Museum Arts Festival” in 2013 (Greenwich,CT).
"Gesture is what interests me. Body language is beguiling. Gesture naturally conveys movement but can also be passive or submissive, playful or seductive, regal and proud. Gesture can tell a story.
My studio practice has evolved into an ongoing exploration of figurative ceramic sculpture and installations created with paper-thin porcelain. I have a strong desire to avoid repetition, experiment with materials, and take risks to find originality in my work. I enjoy the process of discovery. Moving between the worlds of formal and conceptual ceramic sculpture and installation keeps me engaged in my studio practice and the work fresh
Some sculptures are methodically planned, while others flow spontaneously from within. I remain open-minded, responding to my materials and the evolution of the creative process, searching for the unexpected in a sculpture. Gesture and form are essential elements in my figurative ceramic sculpture, influenced by my background in fashion photography. Sometimes I explore abstract or biomorphic territory and vessels with roots in organic matter take on an expressive human quality. I delight in this ambiguity, this duality, and this transformation."