I have always had a huge interest in art. I originally attended an enamelling course for five years at the Bristol School of Art and Design under the tutorship of Elizabeth Turrell. I also combined this with a silversmithing and jewellery making course.
I have been an active member of the Guild of Enamellers for many years, being a regional representative up to 2009. Attending the yearly conferences and meeting many like minded passionate enamellers, has helped broaden my interest.
I was awarded the Maureen Carswell award for the entrant for selection gaining the highest marks at Craftsman level. I have also won the Enameller Elect award chosen by members at conference.
Joanne combines her love of colour with metal to create small-scale sculpture and vessels. Using traditional metalwork techniques taught by her father Joanne forms and planishes copper and then hot fuses vitreous enamel at 800 degrees to create unique designs. The enamel design and colours are intuitive, of the moment and unique.
Each piece is individual with its form and design being considered at every stage. The work is finished with a bronze patina on the outer side and elevated on wood bases. Joanne’s main influence comes from living on Exmoor, and the study of land and sea scape, this has inspired her to create pieces of work that preserve memories, of colours, intricate designs for example of a butterfly wing and the lines that have been ploughed onto a field.