Joe Kowalczyk (ko-wall-chick)
otherwise known as JoKo
It was just north of Chicago in Niles, Illinois where Joe spent his adolescence developing his passion for drawing. In high school nothing was more exciting than the discovery of ceramics and needless to say, ceramic sculpture week. At the time ceramics seemed impractical and incapable of being practiced at home. Inevitably he turned his attention back towards drawing and music. Early in junior college Joe decided not to become a computer programmer after realizing his true love for sculpting and rediscovering the ways of the ceramic sculpture.
Nothing has been the same since.
In Spring of 2006, after three years of formative training under Arthur Gonzalez, Craig Petey, John deFazio, and John Toki, he received his BFA from the California College of the Arts (formerly The California College of Arts and Crafts). Now he's currently developing his body of work in the California Bay Area with his friends and fellow studio mates,
The Firehouse Collective.