We have almost 40 talented student artists with us this year, setting up shop on Benefit Street for RISD Craft!

2017 Graduates

We're delighted to have some of our newest alumni-- graduated in May 2017-- back with us for this year's RISD Craft. Stop by and check out their work on Saturday between College and Hopkins streets!


Joan Wyand 05 CR

Based in Providence, RI


Joan is very aware of our material culture, and likes to transform the refuse she collects into beautiful objects.  These geode spheres appear as crystal rock formations, but are fabricated in ceramic from cast flotsam and glazed with recycled glass shards.  These objects tastefully comment on the longevity of disposable products and highlight the reusability of ceramics.

Flight From Fear is a collaborative line of ceramic dish ware fabricated by Joan Wyand and illustrated by Harrison Bucy.  Each cup is handmade in Providence, RI.


What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?

Collaboration and shifting material culture inspire my studio practice. The ceramic cups are cast from discarded styrofoam cups collected from the Narragansett Bay shoreline, transforming trash into a reusable artifacts. The collection of odd-ball characters, made in collaboration with Harrison Bucy, show the beauty of a unique community.


Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?

My current creative practice including ceramics, fabric, performance, and teaching is very much in line with the work I was creating while at RISD. In school I began casting trash and that continues to be a large element of my work including Flight from Fear & my sculptural work. My multi-faceted creative practice also includes performance, costumes, and various collaborations.


Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?

We are super excited to release FIVE new Flight from Fear characters for RISD Craft 2017!! A clown & a two-headed character, among a few others, will be added into the mix!


Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?

Our ceramic cups were featured by Headmaster in their online store, the Headshoppe, last fall! Check out the special release here:

Our featured Hard-on Harry cup will be available for purchase at RISD craft.


To see more of Joan's work, visit and


Jo Roessler 93 PH

Based in Easthampton, MA


I specialize in custom and limited edition residential and commercial furniture. I design and handcraft each of my pieces and while my style has been variously described as 'modern,' 'architectural' and 'Japanese-influenced,' I eschew such neat categorizations of my work.
My work is is artist designed contemporary wood furniture.  Each piece is individually designed and handcrafted using a blend of traditional techniques and modern technology.   


What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?

I don’t have a rulebook or dogma about adhering to one particular style, I take my cues from everyday objects, nature, the world around me, something as basic as a leaf – simplicity and elegance on the surface, but with an amazing underlying complexity.



Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?

Absolutely, the experiences and lessons I had at RISD continue to affect my work. This influence is woven throughout my design process and my approach to materials.


Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?

My work is exhibited at prestigious and jury-entried design and craft shows throughout the eastern United States, has been featured on Home and Garden Television, and written up in numerous books and periodicals.  Recent exhibitions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art Show, the Smithsonian Show and ACC Baltimore.


To see more of Jo's work, visit

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