Jo Connell

Jo  Connell

Jo taught ceramics and 3D design in schools and colleges for many years, and she continues to teach courses at West Dean College in Sussex and for various groups up and down the country. She was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 2002 and as a full member in 2004. Her work has been exhibited widely including at the House of Commons, the TerrĂ¡nia Festival de CerĂ¡mica in Spain, the Ceramics Biennale in Belgium, ArtHouse open studios in Leicester and in many RBSA exhibitions. She has published two books ("The Potters' Guide" and "Colouring Clay") and several articles in the field of ceramics. She is a member of the Craft Potters Association. Never tiring of working with clay, Jo finds this tactile substance one which can imitate many other surfaces, such as plastic, leather, skin or water. Achieving these effects present challenges but they are hard to resist. Her work considers natural form and specifically plant growth and structure, and she is well known for her work with coloured clays. Travel is a great influence on her work - patio sculptures inspired by cacti in Southern Europe; pebble forms inspired by beach combing and rock strata; textural surface pattern originated in New Zealand tree ferns.