Joanne is a professional glass artist who works from her studio at the National Glass Centre. Her striking vessels and sculpture have been exhibited throughout the UK, as well as in the USA, France and the Netherlands.
Her current work includes contemporary vessels and one-off sculptural pieces, combining hot, cold working and casting techniques. The glass is extensively ground, diamond wheel cut and polished to achieve the final form, exploring the tactility and sensuality of the material. Pieces are made to order and individual and corporate commissions welcomed. Each piece is a signed and dated original artwork, crafted by hand to the highest quality.
Joanne studied Three-Dimensional Design (specialising in glass and metal) at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating with first class honours, and completed a Masters Degree in Glass Product Design with the University of Wolverhampton (Edinburgh Crystal Scholarship). Following her MA she became in-house designer for the Edinburgh Crystal Glass Company, before setting up ‘Joanne Mitchell Glass Design’ in 2003. She set up company ‘Juo Ltd.’ with designer Jessamy Kelly in 2006, producing contemporary fused glass wall art.
Joanne’s studio can be visited by appointment to discuss commissions, and a selection of work from Joanne and Juo Ltd. can be seen in the NGC shop.
“My inspiration comes from the irregularity and diversity of natural forms: the landscape, the human body, some significant aspect of one of these.”
Dancer I, (2004).
Voids for Omega PLC, (2009).
Plume Vessel, (2009).
All photos: the artist.