When Joy returned home from her Taglit Birthright trip to Israel in 2010, she felt a stronger connection to Israel, her culture and her identity as an artist. This journey profoundly changed her perspective and led her to discover her true passion. She began to focus on creating contemporary Judaica full-time and opened the Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio, LLC. This decision has not only provided great personal fulfillment but also the opportunity to share her craft with the world.
The clean lines and repetitive nature in urban landscapes inspire her work, as well as mid-century design. She uses a variety of metals such as pewter, brass, bronze, silver and copper and each piece is lovingly fabricated by scoring and folding sheets of pewter to make 3-dimensional works of art. The gorgeous textures are pulled from many influences and are embossed into the metal. As a designer and maker, her intent is to encourage the importance of American high-end craft in the modern home by creating contemporary heirlooms for a new generation of collectors.