Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong is a ceramic artist whose sculptures and vessels have a fresh sophistication and modern aesthetic that link fine art with craft. Before devoting herself full-time to ceramics in 2001, Ms. Armstrong spent nearly 20 years as a freelance fashion stylist/editor in Manhattan. Her interest in fashion photography fueled her focus on figurative sculpture. Now 20 years into her ceramic career, she has reoriented her focus to the vessel, exploring materials and experimenting with surface treatments. Her large-scale wall sculptures of delicate porcelain wings for which she is known, continue to evolve.
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 StyleMagazine in
2008, Ceramics Monthly in 2007, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2005. She won 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).
Her porcelain sculptures are held in many private collections, and have been exhibited regionally and nationally at venues including Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA), San Angelo Museum of Art (San Angelo, TX), Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY), Lincoln Arts & Cultural Foundation (Lincoln, CA), Mesa Contemporary Arts (Mesa, AZ), Wayne Art Center (Wayne, PA), Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (Dowell, MD), Blue Print Gallery (Dallas, TX), BWAC Gallery (Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY), Phoenix Gallery (NYC) Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), Rockland Center for the Arts (West Nyack, NY), Clay Art Center (PortChester, NY), Westport Arts Center (Westport, CT), Artspace (New Haven, CT) and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT). Her work is included in Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base(Brooklyn, NY).
Ms. Armstrong holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY). She lives in Westport and maintains a studio in Bridgeport, CT.
Photo credit: Cheryl Stockton Photography
Photo credit: Cheryl Stockton