Jack Troy, B.S., West Chester State College; M.A. in English and Art, Kent State University; joined the faculty at Juniata in 1967 as assistant professor of English and art. He established the ceramics program in 1968.
He is well-known as a potter, teacher, and writer. Introduced to clay in 1962, and a potter ever since, he has taught more than 150 workshops for ceramists across the U.S. and Canada- -as well as a dozen in New Zealand and Australia--and has been a visiting artist at 50 colleges and universities in 13 countries.
Twice he was among a group of U.S. potters and sculptors who visited their counterparts in Russia and the Baltic countries, and worked with Eastern European artists at the Dzintari Institute in Jurmala, Latvia. He participated in the International Workshop in Ceramic Art in Tokoname (IWCAT), Japan, and has worked independently with the Japanese ceramist Masayasu Ishihara, in Nagona prefecture. Most recently he was awarded residencies at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan, and the Rufford Ceramic Centre, Nottinghamshire, England.
He is author of 'Salt Glazed Ceramics,' and 'Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain,' the standard books on their subjects, and has published more than 50 articles, exhibition catalogue essays, and book reviews in Ceramics Monthly, The Studio Potter, American Ceramics, Pottery in Australia, and Ceramics, Art and Perception. He was featured in the survey article of Pennsylvania Ceramic Artists in the fall 2000 issue of The Studio Potter.
His work has been exhibited in more than 35 one-man exhibitions, and in dozens of regional and invitational shows, where it has frequently received awards. Twice the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has awarded him Craft Fellowships, and, for his poetry, the Council awarded him a Fellowship in Literature in 1987.
His work is in the permanent collections of many museums and galleries including the Smithsonian Institution, William Penn Museum, Utah State University, Arizona State University, New Zealand's Auckland Museum of Art, Leningrad School of Arts and Industry and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, among others.