Jo is a ceramicist specialising in wheel-thrown, functional and
non-functional objects in porcelain. She has taught at all levels,
including undergraduates, for 15 years and is a respected
practitioner, a member of the Craft Potters' Association and
regular contributor to Ceramic Review Magazine. She has shown her
work UK wide and internationally, including Heals in London, at the
National Portrait Gallery, at the Cheongju International Craft
Competition in South Korea and the Centre of Ceramic Art in York to
name a few.
Teaching ceramics is fascinating because the interpretations are endless. Encouraging both a student's dexterity and character is my priority - in the first instance by using simple exercises and then by using a gradual pushing further of each individual's abilities, hopefully giving them the satisfaction of new knowledge and skill.
My own work is inspired by years of slow re-interpretation of the wheel-throwing process, by porcelain and its elasticity and its ability to appear like liquid when it's actually hard, fired ceramic.