Jo-Anne entered the medium of glass through a scientific glassblowing course as part of an undergraduate science degree in Canada, where she lovingly crafted a rabbit instead of the requisite condenser coil. This thirst for expression was temporarily diverted when she received her doctor of chiropractic degree in Toronto, moved to Australia and opened a practice. Later, after some 22 years in practice in Brisbane (and two Masters degrees in science and education), she realized something was missing and decided to return to her love of glass. While working full time as a senior lecturer at university in Perth, she explored leadlighting, copper foil technique, and lampwork beadmaking as a hobby. Now retired, she has gravitated to various warm glass techniques.
Largely self taught for the first few years, she has reinvented many uses for frit, mica, copper inclusions, binders, etc.
Jo-Anne expanded her knowledge further in 2016, when she was juried into the Carol Milne class at Corning New York, learning the ancient technique of lost wax casting combined with the more modern delicate ‘knitting’ of glass.
Jo-Anne’s glass studies have also included pate de verre technique at Bildwerk in Germany, and several extended workshops at Art Glass Studio in Perth with Internationally acclaimed glass artists such as Richard Parish, Miriam DiFiori and Joanna Manousis. She has taught several workshops in glass fusing and casting in recent years.
Committee member Glass Artists of Western Australia
Teaching in Glass (2016 to present):
Contemporary Frit Painting Lost wax casting Mica and float glass Sand painting in glass Surface casting techniques Freeze and fuse
Teaching assistant to Richard Parrish, Weston Lambert.
Glass + (2017 and 2018)
‘Chiropractor’s hands’ is currently on loan to Murdoch University for an exhibition in the central library.