Joan Bruneau is a professional Studio Potter based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and has been Regular Part-Time Ceramics Faculty at NSCAD University since 1995.

Joan Bruneau was born in 1963 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her love of travel and food sparked her desire to become a potter, after discovering the authentic cuisines and pottery traditions of Europe on a trip in 1983-84. She went on to earn her BFA from NSCAD University in 1988, and MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1993.

Joan was Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University ( Vancouver, BC)  from 1998-2002 and has taught in the Distance Ceramics Diploma Programs at Red Deer College, the Australia National University and the Glasgow School of Art. Her work is exhibited throughout North America and is in public collections including the AGNS, Canada, Sykes Gallery, USA and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China. Joan was the 2009 recipient of the Established Artist Recognition Award from the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership and the 2005 recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award which funded her residency at La Meridiana Ceramics Residency in Italy in 2005.