Joanne Valencia

Joanne Valencia was born in Louisiana, migrating to Oklahoma in the ‘60s. Her passion for creating with her hands led her to the University of Tulsa, where while working on her bachelor’s in Fine Arts she accidentally signed up for a ceramics class and was forever hooked.

Joanne’s need for adventure led her to Hawai’i in the mid-‘70s, where she established an art studio on 20 acres in Kihei, Maui, and lived for more than 30 years. Yearning for more, she began traveling to see ancient civilizations around the world — including Egypt, Italy, the Middle East, and India — filling journals with her sketches. After building a new studio in Haili’imaile upon her return, Joanne began sculpting her ideas in porcelain.

Strongly influenced by the magical, spiritual aspects of ancient art, her new body of work is “The Keeper Series.” Joanne oil paints her pieces after bisque firing, and then embeds treasured found objects in each. She says, “The mystery and allure of ancient cultures feeds my imagination and challenges me to experiment with new shapes, textures, and color. My art is a reflection of my story, and Nature joins in with her own majestic findings. For me, this is the essence of life — beauty can be found in the simple and sometimes overlooked objects of the natural world.”

"The Protector's Shield" by Joanne Valencia

The Protector’s Shield

"Peace Keeper" by Joanne Valencia

Peace Keeper



"The Crow's Treasures" by Joanne Valencia

The Crow’s Treasures

"Pele's Ring Of Fire" by Joanne Valencia

Pele’s Ring Of Fire

"The Whirling Dervish Dance" by Joanne Valencia

The Whirling Dervish Dance

"Goddess Of Music" by Joanne Valencia

Goddess Of Music

"Goddess Of Prayer" by Joanne Valencia

Goddess Of Prayer

"Embracing Womanhood" by Joanne Valencia

Embracing Womanhood

"The Keeper Of Shells" by Joanne Valencia

The Keeper Of Shells

"Wave Lullaby" by Joanne Valencia

Wave Lullaby

"Crown Of Glory" by Joanne Valencia

Crown Of Glory

"Silver Feather Keeper" by Joanne Valencia

Silver Feather Keeper

"Purple Portal" by Joanne Valencia

Purple Portal

"Home Of The Raven" by Joanne Valencia

Home Of The Raven

"The Raven's Pearls" by Joanne Valencia

The Raven’s Pearls

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