A quick introduction…
My name is Joel Blum, but I’ve been creating artwork for the past 20 years under the name Zygote.
I’m an Iowa native currently living in Stockton, California with my wife and two children while I’m working as a gentleman’s gardener, a studio artist, and as a tech for the horticulture depatment at our local community college.
My background into ceramics has been rather round about. I started training in high school back in the mid eighties, but got diverted once I entered Memphis College of Art with art bronze casting and 17th century silversmithing. Those two fields of interest quickly took over my life for the next 12 years as I worked the Art Bronze Foundries in Phoenix Arizona by day and ran my jewelry studio out of an old chicken coop at night.
When my first child was born in 1998, I began a transition to a lifestyle more suited to raising children in. I returned to clay figuring I could spend a few years at practicing while starting a family. I’ve been at it ever since, and after a decade of being a practicing potter, I’m beginning to say “Yes” to more opportunities to present my work and exhibit nationally.
I’m currently showing my ceramics at my 2 Etsy storefronts
Or better yet, you can get a fun peek at what’s currently happening in the studio at my Secret Studio Blog at
Feel free to IM me here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Licks, Love, & Luck…