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Jo Lowde

 

Jo was raised in Birmingham and spent her childhood summers in Pembrokeshire, surrounded by herds of dairy cows and flocks of mountain sheep.

 

At the age of three Jo's father helped her to make her first thumb pot mug, which she still uses. Thus began her lifelong love for and fascination with, clay. 

 

A qualified solicitor, Jo spent time living in the US before returning to the UK and she now shares her time between Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire and the Pembrokeshire coast, where she is once again amongst the animals she has always loved. Much of Jo's work is inspired by these animals.

 

The common on which Jo lives also provided another source of inspiration for her work; exercise. Running is an important part of her life.

 

Initially interested in creating ceramics as decorative functional pieces, Jo is now passionate about creating non-functional clay works and she uses clay to draw in three dimensions. 

 

In  Jo present work she both studies of her beloved animals and a series of running figures with an autobiographical element, "I have tried to capture the physicality and the mind set of someone training for a long distance run. I want to show the movement and weight of the runner. These figures are not meant to be sprinters or great athletes. I wanted my work to hold up and put forward real, physically striving, everyday women".

 

Jo's work  is mainly hand built and fired nearly exclusively using the Raku process. Raku is an ancient and disciplined technique involving great extremes of temperature, "the searing heat of the kiln and the explosive fiery combustion of air, red hot clay and sawdust always brings an invigorating and raw unpredictability to my work". 

 

 

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