Joan Bruneau

Joan Bruneau is a professional Studio Potter based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and has been Regular Part-Time Ceramics Faculty at NSCAD University since 1995.

Joan Bruneau was born in 1963 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her love of travel and food sparked her desire to become a potter, after discovering the authentic cuisines and pottery traditions of Europe on a trip in 1983-84.




  Canadian National ferry Hopedale in the outport community on La Poile Bay Newfoundland


“My intent as a studio potter is to inspire interaction with my pots through their sensual forms and colorful surfaces. The pots function as decorative objects which come to life through use. Interaction with the viewer/user completes their aesthetic potential as they contain, deliver or present food and flowers. Preparing and presenting an inspired meal or arranging flowers in a specific vase, affirms our connection to identity, while elevating domestic rituals from the banal to beautiful.”




“Using Lantz clay, the red earthenware native to Nova Scotia, my wheel thrown and assembled pottery is decorated with slip, sgraffito, under glazes and polychrome food safe glazes. The forms are wheel thrown and rassembled using “Cut and Paste” technique characterized by gestural throwing lines, dynamic volumes and structural seams. The surfaces are treated with brushed white slip, sgraffito, under glazes and polychrome food-safe glazes. “


In 1995, Joan Bruneau established Nova Terra Cotta Studio and Showroom in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Known for its distinctive architecture and home to the Bluenose, Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Nova Terra Cotta is located in a mid- 19th century classic Lunenburg house containing Joan’s working studio and showroom featuring her work as well as paintings by celebrated Canadian artist, F. Scott MacLeod.


You can see more of Joan’s beautiful ceramics and Scott’s paintings on her website