Jo Connell

Jo Connell trained at North Staffordshire Polytechnic with a post graduate certificate in education from Nottingham University. She taught in schools & colleges for many years and has run short courses at West Dean since 2002. She is author of The Potter's Guide to Ceramic Surfaces and Colouring Clay and has written for Ceramic Review. She is a member of the Craft Potters Association and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists where she exhibits regularly - also at Bell Fine Art in Winchester and Emporium in Lichfield, as well as regular group exhibitions.

Describe your approach to teaching:

I am happy to share a wealth of technical knowledge with my students, encouraging an individual and exploratory approach, which I believe will lead to confident use of materials.

What inspires your own work?

My work is rooted in an appreciation and observation of the natural world and my techniques have been developed through much experimentation with clay and colour, and a passion for both.

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