Coastal discoveries, woodland finds, and lush flora influence my creative process.                                                                                                                   Nature's designs and patterns establish a rich foundation for my studio practice.                                                                                                                                 I feel drawn to clay as a medium because of its unique malleability which allows surface and structure to meld together in the creation of a piece.                 I begin by throwing stoneware clay on the pottery wheel or hand building a piece.                                                                                                                               I carve and then add white porcelain slip to the surface and proceed to smooth and texture through this skin by hand.                                                           After bisque firing, clear glaze is applied discriminately to the surface, creating a subtle glisten, reminiscent of a sea or rain splash as it emerges from the glaze firing.


Judi Tavill is a ceramic artist with a studio based on the oceanic shore of New Jersey. Born in 1968 in Baltimore, MD, she received her BFA in Fashion Design from the Washington University in Saint Louis in 1990.Tavill achieved swift success as a fashion and textile print designer prior to the birth of her children. She left her career in fashion to pursue her art interests in 2002 and after delving into various mediums, she found clay in 2003. Tavill pursued ceramics with a voracious appetite, beginning at a local craft center and attending a great variety of craft school intensives in the following years.  Her current studio practice involves tasks of repetition and contemplation that serve as a working meditation. Outside of her studio practice, Tavill enjoys frequent travel with her husband and family and finds that it reinvigorates and inspires her work. She has taught locally and volunteers in her community as well as by teaching ceramic skills to autistic adults at OasisTLC, a therapeutic life center. 


Select Exhibition

"2017 Yunomi Invitational”, Clay Akar, Iowa City, IA                                                                                                                                                      "American Craft Show Baltimore 2017", Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore , MD                                                                                                2016
"Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show”, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                   "Cup: The Intimate Object XII", Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill , NC                                                                                                                 "Carbondale Clay National XI: The Intimacy of Scale”, Carbondale Art's R2 Gallery in The Launchpad, Carbondale, CO, Juror Chris Gustin
“The Clay Studio National”, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Jurors Elizabeth Agro & Jennifer Zwerling                                                                “Judi Tavill: Featured Artist”, Schwartz Design Center, Metuchen, NJ & Stamford, CT
“De La Naturaleza", Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH, Juror Sherrie Riley Hawk

"American Fine Craft Show", Washington DC Armory, Washington, DC
"Judi Tavill: Featured Gallery Artist", Grunin Center for the Arts, OC College, Toms River, NJ
"Judi Tavill: Exhibition", "The Pearl Show House", Red Bank Design Center, Red Bank, NJ

"Holiday Show 2014", Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
"Taupe Gallery Grand Opening 2014", Taupe Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC
"Nurtured Nature", M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ Curator Judi Tavill
"Collaborations in Fire", Group Exhibition, Monmouth County Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ
"Work From Our Collections", Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA
"International Cup 2014", The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, Juror Tara Wilson

"Friends of Canvas", Canvas Studio Art, Rumson, NJ
"Creativity Creates Community-Clay Arts Vegas", The Grand Gallery, City Hall, Las Vegas, NV
"Light Up Downtown", Taupe Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC

"Annual Solo Cup Show", FINALIST, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
"Gulf Coast State College Annual Juried Cup Show", The Amelia Center Gallery, PCB, FL, Juror Ben Carter                                                        "Peter's Valley Fine Craft Fair", NJ Potters Guild, Augusta, NJ
"Medalta International Cup Show", Medalta, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Juror Carole Epp
"Serve It Up", Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
"Work From Our Collections", Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA
"Baltimore Clayworks 100 Teapots Show VI", Baltimore,MD, Juror Jeff Oestreich
"From The Collection", Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA
The Copper Frog Gallery Artists, Allentown, NJ

"Winter Whites Exhibition", Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA
The Copper Frog Gallery Artists, Allentown, NJ
"Starbrick Clay National Salt and Pepper Show", Nelsonville, OH
"Coffee, Tea, or...?", Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery, Oak Park, IL , Juror David Toan
"Cups of Fire", National Juried Cup Exhibition, Clay Gallery Ann Arbor, MI , Juror Susan Beiner
"8 Fluid Ounces" National Ceramic Cup Exhibition, LSU School of Art Baton Rouge, LA, Juror Kristen Kieffer                                                          "The KC Clay Guild's Juried Tea Bowl National Show", Kansas City, MO, Juror Bede Clark

"The KC Clay Guild's Juried Tea Bowl National Show", Kansas City, MO, Juror Steven Hill
The Monmouth Festival of the Arts Juried Show, Tinton Falls, NJ
"The Steamboat Springs Arts Council Invitational Teapot Show", Steamboat Springs, CO
The Monmouth Festival of the Arts Juried Show, Tinton Falls, NJ
"Baltimore Clayworks Juried Teapot Show", Baltimore, MD, Juror David MacDonald
"The Peter's Valley Fine Craft Fair, Sussex, NJ

"The Monmouth Festival of the Arts Juried Show", Tinton Falls, NJ
"The Peter's Valley Fine Craft Fair", Sussex, NJ
The Monmouth Festival of the Arts Juried Show, Tinton Falls, NJ                                                                                                                                    
2006                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "The Laurel Tracey Gallery Holiday Open House, Red Bank, NJ                                                                                                                                         "The Monmouth Festival of the Arts Juried Show", Tinton Falls, NJ                                                                                                                                   "The Laurel Tracey Gallery Dealer’s Choice Show", Red Bank, NJ                                                                                                                                        "The CBA Juried Art Show", Lincroft, NJ

Publications and Press
The Arts Business Institute, "Artist Profile: Judi Tavill", December
The Crafts Report Magazine, "Focus: Ceramics and Clay”, April

In Jersey Magazine, "The A-List Originals"
Contemporary Tableware Book, Linda Bloomfield

Cottages and Bungalows Magazine, "Pottery Panache", May
The Two River Times Newspaper, "Masters of Their Craft", February                                                                                                                              
The Two River Times Newspaper, "Pots of Love", November
4074MAG Magazine, "The A List Party-A-Fare", November/December                                                                                                                                2006
The Asbury Park Press Newspaper, "Creative Spirit", December

Podcast Interviews                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Pottercast with Paul Blais , Episode #39 , September 2014                                                                                                                                           Studio Break with David Linneweh, Episode #117, August 2014

Collections                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sidney Swidler: Collection, donator to the Crocker Museum
Esther Gushner and Earl Morgenstern: Collection, Merion, PA
Maxine Clark: Founder: Build A Bear Workshop, Collection: St. Louis, MO

Teaching Experience                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oasis TLC Instructor 2016
Monmouth County Parks System Creative Arts Center Workshop Instructor 2014 Monmouth County Parks System Creative Arts Center Class Instructor 2013

Memberships                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NCECA/The Potters Council/Monmouth County Arts Council/The American Craft Council/The Art Alliance of Monmouth County

Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              B.F.A. 1990, Washington University School of Art, St. Louis, MO                 

Ceramic Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Monmouth County Parks System Craft Center: Tinton Falls, NJ
Ceramic workshops attended at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Anderson Ranch, Peters Valley Craft Center, The 92nd Street Y, Greenwich House Pottery, Baltimore Clayworks / Instructors: Chris Staley, Takeshi Yasuda, Chris Gustin, Kristen Kieffer, Nick Joerling, Tom and Elaine Coleman, Julia Galloway, Randy Brodnax, Don Ellis, Malcolm Davis, Steven Hill, Lynn Smizer-Bowers, Jeff Oestreich, Mel Jacobsen & Peter Callas.