Jo graduated from West Surrey College of Art & Design in 1985 and after spending a short time working in a small glass studio in Stroud, began a career in Higher Education. She now works full time in her studio at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge where she makes her own work and teaches short courses in kiln formed glass techniques. Jo is drawn to the natural rhythms and patterns on the land around her. Her ideas develop from time spent walking along the beach, picking through objects left on the shoreline and from time spent drawing in the countryside. She says “As I start to draw and print I begin the process of visually sifting through what I‘m looking at, developing a visual short hand of lines and marks, tone and texture – a distillation of what I’m seeing and a way of getting to the essence of things.” The interpretation and depiction of the landscape, and the development of an expressive and graphic range of marks, is an on-going exploration and is a key aspect of her work. Jo’s drawings and prints are the starting point for compositions in glass which bring together individual fused and cast glass elements consisting of line, colour, shape and fine expressive calligraphic brush strokes.
I am a Glass Artist living and working in North Wales. I studied Applied Art/Architectural Glass at N.E.W.I in 2006 and gained a 1st Class Hons. Degree. I create wall pieces, functional ware, jewellery and architectural commissions using fusing, sandblasting, hand-painting and etching. I sell and exhibit my work in galleries and outlets throughout the U.K. My inspiration for my current work comes from the stunning countryside and wildlife around me in North Wales. I am fascinated by the ever changing light and the magical qualities this gives the plants and trees within the landscape. I sketch, photograph and collect plants whilst out walking and when I return to my glass workshop, I try to capture the magic, the shapes and light, which I find so beautiful. My work is constantly evolving- every piece being unique.
After graduating in 1977 and with the assistance of a Crafts Council grant they established their first workshop in Shropshire with three other graduates. Following several difficult years Andrew and David relocated to Otley, West Yorkshire. Their new workshop was part of a redundant warehouse in a Victorian woollen mill, which provided workspace for a variety of designer craftspeople. During this period they not only supplied a growing number of craft shops and galleries, but also received commissions from the York Archaeological Trust and the B.B.C. to reproduce Viking, early English and Egyptian glassware. New premises were found at the King Street Studio Workshops in Pateley Bridge in 1992 where they continue to work. Despite having worked together for such a long time, Andrew and David have managed to maintain their individual creative identities, finding personal inspiration in subjects as diverse as the landscape, architecture, the sea and even bubbles in the bath. Andrew Sanders finds endless inspiration in studying pieces of glass from history, particular 18th Century English Glasshouses, and David is primarily concerned with form and the use of colour solely to enhance and delineate the objects as they are created.