Julissa Perkins

Born and raised in Fairmont, WV Julissa graduated from East Fairmont HS in 2011 with highest honors, later attending West Virginia University.  Sculpture, drawing, and printmaking were some of her areas of focus during her college career.  Julissa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015, graduating cum laude with a major in ceramics and a minor in art history. She and her husband Patrick live with their two kitties and two pups.  They enjoy hiking, backpacking, and many other outdoor activities. Julissa is a substitute teacher as well as an instructor at Joe n Throw.  Her line of ceramic work, labeled Jewel Perk Pottery is available in our shop and her Etsy shop. 


Founding member of the Joe n' Throw Co-op, Mike started making pots at a young age.  His fascination with the process of turning mud into functional art lead to his exploration of the craft.  A retired bathroom tucked into the back of an old apartment was his home studio prior to opening the 'Throw' in 2014.  Now Mike enjoys teaching classes at the studio, fly fishing across the country, and learning about the unique characteristics of local WV clays in his work.  He is a juried artist at Tamarack WV.

Carol Grimes

She got hooked on pottery in the 70s while attending Fairmont State. Carol is often noted for stating that "I'll just throw pots for the rest of my life... once I hit the lottery." While the lottery win hasn’t happened, joining the crew at the Joe n' Throw has provided the opportunity for Carol to work in clay again.

Carol recently retired after 30 years of service with West Virginia University. She worked as a graphic designer for the Health Sciences Center and WVU Extension Services.

After originally coming to the Throw as a customer in 2014, she quickly became a regular.  Throwing clay on the potter's wheel is her passion, but she's come to love teaching hand building classes and encourages her students to get creative.