Joanne Hayakawa was born in Pasadena, California. She has exhibited her work nationally and has had several solo exhibitions; her pieces have also been included in several books. She began as a ceramist, and her work has evolved into the incorporation of many media including sound and moving parts. In her creative process, many questions are asked and mysteries are pursued, all the while pairing unlikely counterparts in order to create the possibility of empathy for the external environment. She is an object maker who reminds us that all things are affected by their environment.
Joanne Hayakawa was an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a graduate student at the University of Washington. She is currently a Professor Emerita at San Diego State University.