Josie Jurczenia graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland (now CCA) in 1972 with a degree in textiles.
In 1978 Josie started Sweet Potatoes, INC, a Berkeley based children's clothing manufacturing company. With the help of two business partners the company supplied innovative, whimsical kids clothes to over 3,000 retail accounts across the country. She and the company were honored with numerous industry awards for design.
Josie retired in 2004 and began working in clay. In 2007 she founded fourth & clay studio/gallery (Berkeley,CA) in what was formerly the sewing room of Sweet Potatoes. After 7 years of pot making with her dedicated, funloving claymates, wonderful group shows, terrific workshops and outrageous parties and happy hours, fourth & clay closed in 2014. She then built her beautiful home studio where she holds Open Studio Shows usually twice a year (Spring and Holiday). She is also happy to see people by appointment.
Her functional pots reflect her textile background. They are hand built using roofing paper patterns, darted, stitched and scratched with fabric patterns. Each piece is designed to feel great in your hand as well as look beautiful in your home.
Josie is an exhibiting member of the Assoc of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA), has served on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Art Center the ACCI Gallery and the ACGA . Her pieces have been included in shows at Gumps , Trax Gallery, Palo Alto Art Center, Claytimes Gallery, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Strictly Functional National, The Cooley Gallery amoung others. She is currently represented at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, CA. Her work was included in 500 Vases and the new 500 Teapots by Lark Publications. Her process is detailed in an article in Pottery Making Illustrated. She has pieces in private collections across the country.