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Joshua Maier


  • M.F.A. University of Missouri – Columbia, Ceramics and Sculpture.
  • B.F.A. Bowling Green State University of Ohio, Creative Writing and Glass Art.

Joshua Maier has served at NKU for more than three years as an instructor in Spatial Arts, predominantly in the area of Ceramics. Josh received his BFA from Bowling Green State University of Ohio, where he studied Creative Writing and Glass Art. After graduating, he spent nearly ten years working in hot glass shops around the country, developing his craft until health concerns pushed him into a new medium, clay. In Kansas City, he built a small business of art in his own Grim Whimsy Creation Studio, developing new works while also employed as a ceramic studio technician at a local college. The experience inspired him to commit to his art and also an educator.

In 2016 Josh received his MFA from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a focus in Ceramics and Sculpture. Josh describes his sculptural works and interests in ceramic mediums with mixed media details as an exploration of unifying multiple materials (feathers, hair, steel, wood, glass) to craft the look of a developing fiction. The work of his hands and meticulous craftsmanship results in vibrantly colored, tactile, and truly wild works that draw the viewer in to explore, to wonder, and to experience an urge to reach out and touch things they feel they shouldn’t. An abundance of his work and the work of his students can be viewed at