Living on Exmoor Joanne combines her love of colour and metal to create small scale sculpture and vessels. Using traditional metalwork skills taught by her father, Joanne forms and planishes copper and then hot fuses vitreous enamel at 800 degrees to create unique designs. Joanne comes from a background of metalsmiths and able now to use hand tools made by both father and grandfather. With a love of oil painting, Joanne brings together her skills of forming metal and applying colour and design with enamel. Each piece is individual, with its form and design being considered at every stage.
Using the Sgraffito method, Joanne scratches back the dried enamel to create a design, this is then kiln fired. The process is repeated as further layers of enamel are applied. Joanne uses local land and sea scape as inspiration and abstracts from that when enamelling. Each enamel design and colour are intuitive, of the moment, and unique. The work is finished with a bronze patina on the outside and elevated on wood bases.
Joanne was diagnosed dyslexic at an early age, this journey has allowed Joanne to use her sense of sight to store many images and colours in her mind which now transfer through her artwork in an intuitive way. Joanne’s art is about the study of nature, creating pieces of work which preserves memories of colours or intricate designs of a butterfly wing or lines that have been ploughed onto a field. “I attempt to create that which is infinitely more beautiful in natural form, but endeavour to in some way represent it in my own way”.