St. Augustine, Florida, United States
Jo, a native of the Ancient City of St. Augustine, lives and works happily there with her husband Stan and Roxie the Boxer.
Skills and Techniques
Lampworker, cold-shop silversmith, cloth doll maker, macrame designer, pottery maker, crochet worker, weed puller, chief cook and bottle washer.
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Get to Know
With a working-world background in graphic design, among other things, Jo's free time is often spent delving into arts and crafts of all kinds. Pottery, macrame, needle arts, doll making and beading have all been passions for her. In the Spring of 2003, during a bout of beading, she came across Making Glass Beads by Cindy Jenkins. Since that moment, lampwork has been Jo's sole creative passion.
As many lampworkers do, Jo entered the world of molten glass on the wings of a Hot Head torch. It was firmly bolted to a garage worktable by her slightly panic-stricken husband, Stan. Since those early days, Stan has become her biggest fan, for which she is eternally grateful.
Jo now works in a beautiful third-floor studio in her log home, Cracker Cottage, on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Her lampwork is inspired by views of the Intra Coastal Waterway and North Florida's marshlands.
"There is still so much left for me to explore in lampwork," Jo confesses. "I discover new things about the glass each time I sit down at the torch. There are so many things I want to try and to master. Lampworking, especially beadmaking, continues to fascinate me."
This photo shows my jewelry work-table in the foreground and my torching bench beyond.
Here's a closer look at my torching bench. Since this was taken, I switched the armed desk chair with the chair that doesn't have arms. It's much safer. I have also added a digital controller to my kiln subsequent to these photos.
Here's a close-up of my torch. I'm currently using a GTT Bobcat, and I love it! As you can see, it's mounted on a Creation Station Butterfly.
Roxie the Boxer!