Joel Tea was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1978, Joel moved to the East Coast and attended the Frudakis Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia where he studied under EvAngelos Frudakis and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. By 1979, he started his own foundry in Ashland, DE and works in his studio in Cochranville, PA. Joel was elected as a Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society in 1991 and has been a member of the American Artists Professional League for many years.