Having studied art at Christ Church College, Canterbury in the early 1970s, Jo's art has developed through fine art and textiles to mosaic. She made her first mosaic from a kit in 1997, little realising that ten years later she would have her own mosaic shop and an international reputation!
Mosaic is perfectly suited to Jo's love of colour and pattern, especially as the colours of the glass and ceramic tesserae keep their brilliance without fading. "It's wonderful to be working in a medium which has been used for artistic and decorative expression for thousands of years - mosaic just felt like coming home."
Jo's first exhibition 'Inspiring Mosaics' was held at the Roman Museum in Canterbury in 2001. For this exhibition she took her inspiration from the Roman mosaics and artefacts in the museum. Since then her eclectic range has been influenced by many different sources from antiquity to the space age. Her work features in several books on mosaic.
Jo has had many commissions both public and private and has also taught mosaic making in Adult Education classes and at West Dean College. In 2007 she opened her shop in the heart of Folkestone's Creative Quarter. The shop is large enough for her to run her popular one-day courses and to undertake larger commissions. As well as featuring a gallery of her work the shop stocks a wide range of tools, kits and tiles for the novice or more experienced mosaicist.