Returning to formal education following 10 years of experience working and teaching within a range of media, Jo completed two years of ceramic studies and opened her studio/shop in Somerset . From here she produces amongst other pieces, figurative ceramic sculptures reflecting ecclesiastical themes and more recently, mythological influences.
Handbuilt bowls and sculptural vignettes, bottles and framed decorative tiles celebrate the more quirky things in life. Alongside her fine art ceramics she makes an ever expanding range of ceramic buttons and also runs workshops from her studio.
Primarily Jo now works in stoneware, using clays that work well with handbuilding. Pieces are produced through press moulding or handbuilding, or a combination of the two. All press moulded pieces are worked by hand to form a unique finished piece. After the initial bisque firing colour is applied with underglazes and some transparent glaze is used to intensify the colours or create a contrast in surface texture.
Previously she worked with a very neutral palette but now enjoys the movement into subtle colours with this more recent body of work. Pieces are fired to 1260 degrees C and certain individual pieces are then finished with a touch of gold leaf.
Jo is a member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and Heart Gallery is proud to have been carefully selected by Jo to showcase a range of her latest work.