Jo believes in making as a vehicle for expression, for the articulation of thoughts that cannot be expressed through language. She discovered this about clay when she was a teenager and knew that it would become a big part of her life quite quickly. Years later, Jo’s training in ceramics took her to Bath School of Art and Design, to do a pure Ceramics degree – where she learnt the craftsmanship required to bring her ideas to fruition through gradual, methodical instruction from many leading practitioners. When she moved on to take her Masters at the Royal College of Art, the skills Jo already had were deepened and stretched in this intensive environment.
For the past 10 years, Jo has specialised in wheel-throwing porcelain. Porcelain objects are renowned for their beauty and delicacy but, as a maker, it is an amazing material to work with because of its elastic and fluid feel as a clay. These material qualities lend themselves to methods of making not possible with other clays; whilst its qualities after kiln-firing, such as translucency, allow it to glow in strong light.
“All my work is wheel-thrown by me at the studio, from the smallest cup to a large, unique vessel, every wheel-thrown object I make is always an individual item. Each object acts as a reflection of the shape of my hands as well as my design intentions”.