Student Spotlight: Joseph Tashjian

Joseph Tashjian sunk his hands deep into clay after finding NCC two years ago. A retired physician, Tashjian deeply values the opportunity to learn about and work with clay—something he didn’t have while working. The community at NCC provides him with a community of like-minded people who are interesting, friendly, and dedicated to their craft. Tashjian appreciates how supportive the teachers, studio technicians, and other students are and finds other students very willing to lend a tool or even a hand with his projects. 

Tashjian has learned so much since he started taking classes at NCC that his family even notices his progress. What he finds most fulfilling about his experience is, “when the clay does what you want it to do, rather than you doing what the clay wants you to do.” He continually works to develop his technical skills and provide himself with new challenges.

Outside of the studio, Tashjian is an avid nature photographer, gardener, and dedicated volunteer. In fact, his garden is often a subject for his photos. He envisions eventually combining his photography and ceramic work. We can’t wait to see how his love of clay, photography, and gardening comes together!

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