Glass Major, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California
Design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City
Certification, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace, Essec Business School


Joyce Mesch has spent her entire life collecting the eclectic skill set she brings to her role as Toy Design Assistant Chair and Professor at Otis. In addition to more than 30 years of successful toy industry experience, she has worked with organizations across a wide range of industries throughout her career -- from graphic design and pet product invention to TV commercial stylist and voice-over artist. Of all her professions, teaching at Otis has by far been the most rewarding experience of her career.

As the instructor for numerous studio design courses in a variety of subjects, including Preschool Design, Dolls, Games, and many Corporate Sponsored Projects, for the past 20 years, Joyce has shared her broad knowledge and passion for the subject matter and helped many of today’s toy designers develop their skills and find their place in the toy world.

Joyce has worked with many major industry leaders, including Mattel, Fisher-Price, Tyco, and Just Play. She is the creator of Little Mommy, and her work includes some of the most iconic brands in the world, such as Barbie, Polly Pocket, Chatty Cathy, Cabbage Patch, Hot Wheels, and Disney.

Growing up in a “maker” family, Joyce has an affinity for the way things work. She is an inventor, educator, owner of Sew Joycie, and the voice of a Cabbage Patch Kid. Joyce was a Glass Major at California College of the Arts.

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  • 2022 Women in Toys - Wonder Women Award - Nominee, Unsung Hero
  • Otis Faculty Development Grant: Summer 2019 - Research Road Trip
  • Family Fun Toy of the Year: Barbie Fashion Avenue Puppy - Best Stuffed Animal Ages 3-4
  • National Lekotek Center - Commitment to Excellence Award: Cabbage Patch Kid Playtime Friend - For creating play products that promote understanding about people of all abilities 
  • United States Patent: Inventor – US D471,938S Soft Toy Vehicle 

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

  • Academic Mentor: Otis Toy Design Department – Confer with students on crucial questions and challenges that shape their education. Help students navigate their college experience and transition into their professional life.

Clients/Employment History:  

  • Teaching Experience:

    • 2023-present, Acting Assistant Chair, Toy Design Program, Otis College of Art and Design
    • 2020-2021, Interim Chair, Toy Design Program, Otis College of Art and Design
    • 2003-present, Adjunct Professor, Otis College of Art and Design
  • Clients/Employers:

    Mattel, Fisher Price, Just Toys, Tyco, Discover Magazine, Spin Magazine