Joanna is a designer-maker of contemporary glass using kilnformed and cast glass techniques. She graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham with a first class honours degree specialising in Glass. Joanna enjoys challenging herself and is currently studying for an MA in glass at UCA Farnham.
Joanna's designs are informed by her previous experiences, firstly as an archaeologist and latterly as a landscape architect.
As an archaeologist, Joanna excavated artefacts, often broken, that sometimes became objects displayed in museums. This has inspired the designs for her most recent work, and she has created a number of pieces in lead crystal glass, casting from everyday domestic objects, in this case associated with sewing. These artefacts have the power to invoke strong memories, and by recreating them in lead crystal they become an item of beauty to be displayed and will last forever.