About the artists

Jennifer Noda (Multi-media artist)

Jennifer resides in the Washington D.C. area near her studio and gallery at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Alexandria, VA.  Her career as a 3-Dimensional artist began as a dancer and choreographer.   She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Dance and received her MA Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. 

After sustaining injuries during her career of dancing, choreographing, and teaching, she began to look for alternative ways to be creative that were not so taxing on her body.  She currently uses a combination of mediums (Paper, wood, clay), and techniques which produce her own style. Her movement background is reflected in her current work in terms of line, flow and balance, and also the use of an experimental creative process.

Jennifer’s initial creative experiment resulted in her Magazine Ring and Magazine Pen.  For these functional pieces, she shapes layers of up-cycled magazine paper to form a ring or a pen.   The process involved results on a layered pattern similar to that of a wood grain. Each object is unique and cannot be replicated.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jennifer experienced the loss of her mother, and struggled to make sense of the world while processing her grief. She found comfort in nature, as well as inspiration.  Once again Jennifer turned to her creativity and produced three new collections:  The Calligraphy Collages, Pandemic Panels, and the Reflective Shadow Boxes.  All are on display in her gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.

Jennifer believes strongly in giving back and regularly donates a percentage of her proceeds to reforestation charity One Tree Planted.

"The main inspiration for my work comes from Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese term meaning ‘Forest Bathing’, or taking in the forest atmosphere for health and wellness benefits.  The experience of being in nature is truly at the heart of my creative process. It helps me find inspiration both in the physical form and also as a tool to process my ideas as they come to mind. Spending time in nature helps me filter and organize my ideas into the abstract. It is my vision that the viewer of my work will find their own personal connections within it."

Joseph Wade (Ceramics)
Joey's career started as a scenic designer in Chicago winning many awards for his theatre design at various venues including the Steppenwolf Theatre.  After moving to the DC area, he began teaching art full time, and developed a passion for pottery.  
"I love that you can shape clay in infinite ways, and the permanence of ceramics is also a draw.  With theatre you can spend weeks designing and building a set, but when the show is over, it's gone. With ceramics I know what I create can remain in the world for decades."