Born and raised in Northbrook, IL, Joe received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008 and his BA from Knox College in 2003.  A childhood spent immersed in Legos and video games left him incurably obsessed with building and making things.

After teaching ceramics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA from 2009-14, he is currently an Assistant Professor and Area Head of Ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His "Flow Chart" series of installations have been featured at various galleries, universities and art centers throughout the United States.​