I make finely thrown functional and sculptural Ceramics. Inspiration for the work comes from simple elegant forms and an appreciation of the golden ratio, anything from nature flowers, wind and water to modernist architecture and design.
Design and craftsmanship are very important to me and I like to believe we should surround ourselves and use in everyday life beautiful and well made things. All my work is thrown on the wheel. I mainly work with porcelain but like to experiment with other clay bodies and materials such as wood. I like to experiment with form and what I love about Ceramics is how the character pf the materials used and the techniques used can both inspire form and draw attention to the process of the handmade. I like my designs to be comfortably tactile, Inviting to touch and comfortable to hold and handle.
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Joanna’s unique style of work has won her a number of awards, The Design and Craft Council of Ireland Purchase Award 2014, RDS National Craft Awards 2014 and a DCCOI Future Maker studio support Award 2015. Joanna graduated in 2004 from Limerick school of Art and Design with an honours degree in Fine Art Painting. After college Joanna lived in Toronto Canada for 5 years. Leaving Canada, Joanna spent a year and half travelling throughout South East Asia, Borneo, India and Sri Lanka.
As an Artist Joanna believes her work is ever changing and evolving. Having experienced ceramics in her first year at college she wanted to broaden her skills and develop her interest in three – dimensional form. She returned to Ireland in 2012 and was accepted on the DCCOI Ceramics Skills and Design Course. Her work has been exhibited in the National Craft Gallery, the RDS National Craft Awards, Hunt Museum Limerick, Farmleigh and The Visual Carlow to name a few. Joanna is also a member of Ceramics Ireland and has a diploma in Ceramics Design and Skills from the National University of Ireland Maynooth.