An object Jo makes should look like it is soft, tactile and could still be wet clay, as if it’s only just been made on the wheel even though it is kiln-fired ceramic. In this way each object has a balance of softness with rigidity.
Jo aims for an unusual, sensual tone to each object; starting the design process with a familiar form like a bowl or a cup and combining it with her alternative perspective. It’s important for the work to create a perception in the viewer of The Handmade - a sense of the human in the object - of a singular human influence on the object’s design and making. In her work this sense of the Handmade is not achieved through rough surfaces, splodges or inaccuracies but through smoothness, curves and an imaginative use of shape and material which has the capacity to surprise through their form, their weight and their surface tactility.