Joy Stember has been
involved in art since the very young age of five, when she took her first
art class. Encouraged by her father who was a successful jewelry designer,
Joy’s talents were soon recognized as her work was selected for exhibit
at various competitions and conferences. Joy immersed herself in learning
her craft and received her Fine Arts degree from Temple University’s Tyler
School of Art.
In 2006, a trip to Israel would change the
course of Joy’s life and work. Joy visited Tzfat, Israel’s art capital,
and Ein Hood, an artists community near Mt. Carmel and she was deeply
moved by the experience. According to Joy, “After returning, I realized
it was my life’s calling to make Judaica.” Read more about Joy Stember below.
Meet Joy Stember
Joy describes her pieces as "contemporary
heirlooms," since they push the boundaries of traditional Judaica
in their unique design. Creating stunning designs in pewter, brass, bronze,
silver and copper, Joy declares that "Metal is my life!" Joy
has been a finalist in the 2010 and 2011 NICHE Awards, the highest recognition
for both production and limited-edition craft works made in the United
States and Canada. Working from her Abington, PA studio, Joy Stember
is very passionate about her collection of fine modern Judaica done in
pewter, brass and silver. Her works are included in many private collections,
as well as synagogues all over the country.