Joe Winter was born in Everett, Washington into a military family.
He grew up in the American West and Midwest, and lived in Germany for a brief time.
At a very young age, Joe became interested in the clay medium.
In the fifth grade, he visited the University of Wisconsin in Platteville,
where he was granted permission to use their facilities under the guidance of Roger Gottschalk.
Working in clay from this period through high school,
Joe would originally attend Platteville for one year before transferring to Northern Arizona University,
where he would receive his B.F.A, as a student of Don Bendel.
While living in Arizona, he met one of his most important mentors, Yukio Yamamoto of Japan.
He went on to complete his M.F.A. at East Carolina, where he studied under Charles Chamberlain, an Alfred graduate.
Joe's work represents an incredible synergy of North Carolina and Japanese Folk Traditions of working in clay.
His work includes gas, raku and wood fired pots that are both functional and non-functional in content.
His exhibition record includes:
“It's Elemental: Wood, Fiber, Clay, Glass, and Metal”
-- Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona (1988--1991).
“Masters Exhibition” (1995) at Gray Gallery in Greenville, Carolina.
“Feats of Clay” (1996) Lincoln Arts in Lincoln, California.
“Nevada Artists Biennial” (1996) Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.
His work is in the permanent collection of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri;
Joyner Library at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC;
and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.