Joy Knepp has been working as a glass artist for more than 14 years and is a retired art educator from the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District. In her glass work she uses a torch to melt colored glass rods and then forms and shapes the glass into beads and small sculptural pieces.
The beads are used to create jewelry and other sculptural forms. She enjoys complexity and versatility of the material and how glass illuminates light and color. She is inspired by colors, textures and patterns found in nature especially in the changing seasons of Pennsylvania. Her education includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art and Education from Pennsylvania State University. She has studied and taught techniques in Glass at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA. She has also studied at Pittsburgh Glass Center, Goggleworks in Reading, PA. and several ISGB sponsored workshops. Her work has been exhibited and sold in galleries in the region. She is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and the
Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers, and Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.