For thirteen years, while her children were growing up, Jo ran a porcelain gift business from her studio at Cockpit Arts in London. In 2015 she closed down her business to reconnect with her fine art practice, and moved to Kindred Studios in West London.
Jo has a BTEC GAD from Chelsea School of Art, a BA in Applied Art (Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics) from Brighton University and an MA in Therapeutic Bodywork from Westminster University.
am interested in what is at the core of human experience right the way through from our earliest ancestors. I am looking for what is permanent, what connects all life. The magic that is hidden within the prosaic. As a child in the Irish countryside I was fascinated with nature, and spent hours examining things I found. From the first time I heard of the concept of animism (that all things have a
spirit and are connected) it just made sense to me.
I work mainly in ceramics, incorporating other materials such as wood and found objects. I like to get hands on with materials, using techniques such as carving, scraping, daubing, painting and assembling. My making is itself a type of meditative practice. Clay is the very stuff of life. It is part of the soil, the living, breathing skin of our world. Creation myths describe life being literally embodied in clay before being imbued with the
spark of life. Each clay has forms and shapes it leans towards, and I aim to express not only its inherent nature, but to give life to the material, to distil complex ideas into the simplest of forms.
I rely on the sense of touch as well as sight, expecting people to hold or touch the work. I like the effect of direct communication from hand to hand.