Studio 4, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
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Joanne graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a First Class honours degree in Three Dimensional Design, specialising in glass with metal.

She went on to complete her Masters degree in Glass Product Design (University of Wolverhampton) in 2001, a postgraduate scholarship awarded in collaboration with the Edinburgh Crystal Glass Company.

She was subsequently employed in-house, and after setting up her own company, as a freelance designer and consultant for the Edinburgh Crystal, Thomas Webb and Caithness brands. As a designer for industry Joanne has travelled around Europe exploring techniques and pushing the boundaries of contemporary glass production.

Her studio work has been shown at prestigious exhibitions including the British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge and ‘Collect’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is represented in many prominent galleries throughout the UK. She has been a guest speaker at the International Festival of Glass, Manchester Metropolitan University and visiting tutor at the University of Sunderland.

Joanne’s work has been published in several publications including ‘50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass’, The Intelligent Layman Publishers; as well as House and Garden, the Craftsman and Crafts magazines. Joanne is actively involved in the UK glass sector and is Information Coordinator for the Cohesion Glassmakers’ Network and sits on the Policy Group.

She was awarded the County Durham Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year In 2003. In July 2006 she won the University of Sunderland’s Blueprint Business Competition for her second business, Juo Limited: a collaborative venture with fellow designer Jessamy Kelly, exploring and challenging design concepts and techniques within commercial fused glass. Juo won the Pearsons Prize in 2008 for Best Use of Glass in Retail & Interior for their piece 'Coastal Glacial', commissioned by Newcastle Building Society.