I work with coloured clays which are marbled, rolled, stretched and manipulated to achieve a variety of effects. The work is high fired and the surface is usually left unglazed, giving a textile-like quality. The range includes functional and sculptural vessels, wall pieces and garden sculptures. Work is formed from slabs of clay incorporating colour and pattern during the making process. Sometimes press moulds are used and thrown or coiled sections added. I also make mosaic garden/patio tables, bird baths and water features.
My influences and methods are wide ranging, but central to my work is an appreciation of natural form and landscape, a love of colour and of clay itself.
Work generally available from:
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, St. Paul's Square, Birmingham.
The Alchemist, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Bell Fine Art, Parchment St., Winchester
Michaelmas House, Main Street, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire
Gallery 52, Swinfen, Lichfield
Gallery outlets change according to exhibitions so please contact me for your nearest, current stockist. See 'Events listing' on this site to see current exhibition details.
Available for lectures, demonstrations and workshops. I run courses in the workshop from time to time - please contact me for details.
Also at West Dean College in Chichester, Sussex - see http://www.westdean.org.uk
Textured, coloured and printed slab dishes - Jo Connell at West Dean
26th November 2015 to 29th November 2015
All work is fired in an electric kiln, mostly to 1250°C and is unglazed except for the inside of vessels. Some lower temperature work uses dry glazes over bright blues and green.
1972 - Diploma in Art & Design : Ceramics, North Staffordshire Polytechnic
1973 - Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Nottingham University
1973 - 1984 - Lecturer in Ceramics and 3D Design, full time (West Bridgford, Nottingham; The Rawlins School, Quorn, Leicestershire and the Isle College, Wisbech)
1976 to date - Have run own studio.
1986 - 1999 - Lecturer in Ceramics & Glass at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, Nuneaton, and Programme Leader for the HND 3D Design : Ceramics and Glass.
Currently working from the studio at home and running occasional courses.
A Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association
Full Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
1991 - House of Commons: Midlands Potters Association exhibition; Clayworks II: CPA Members Exhibition, St Martin in the Fields
1992 - Fireworks I: Professional Members at Contemporary Ceramics, London; WMA Open, Craftspace Touring Exhibition
1992 & 1997 - West Midlands Arts Foyer Exhibition
1994 - Fireworks II; Contemporary Ceramics, London
1995 - In the Window, at Contemporary Ceramics, London
2000 - Fiery Beacon Gallery, Painswick; Summer Exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden; CPA Exhibition 'Inspired Choices' at the Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone; CPA Exhibition 'Inspired & Fired' at the Morley Gallery, London
2001 - Nuneaton Art Gallery & Museum, solo exhibition.
2001 & 2002 - CPA Autumn Fair, St. Edwards School, Oxford.
October 2004 & 2005 - Terrania, Festival of ceramics, Montblanc, Spain, and Milsbeek, Holland
2006 - The Ropewalk Gallery Barton in Humber, Lincs
2007 - Spring - Gallery 52, Swinfen, Lichfield.
2007 - Market Bosworth Festival, Dixie Grammar School Hall, June 23/24th
"Tactile" - Newsletter of Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, April 2003. Ceramic Review 171
Athena Review Vol. 1 no 2 (USA magazine)
Featured in La Terre de Relations (Alsace Potters Journal, 1997)
Author of "The Potters Guide to Ceramic Surfaces" (Apple Press, May 2002, Krause USA Feb 2002) - now in 6 languages.
Also of “Colouring Clay” to be published Autumn 2007 by A&C Black, in the ceramics Handbook series
Examples of Work Published in:
Encyclopedia of Pottery Techniques, Peter Cosentino (1990)
Colour in Clay, Jane Waller (Crowood 1998)
The Potters Dictionary of Shape & Form, Neal French (1998)
Practical Solutions for Potters: Gill Bliss (Sept. 1998 - cover illustration on reprint 2001)
Salt-glaze ceramics; Rosemary Cochrane, Crowood 2001
Mixed Media Ceramics by Joy Bosworth - 2006
Work in the collection of Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery and in several private collections.