Jo Lee makes a living as both a practising artist and as an art educator working at such places as schools, community centres, private classes, Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley and as a Creative Practitioner at The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.
Her artistic work has caught the eye of journalists from the world of interior design, fashion and even gardening! Over the last couple of years, her innovative ceramics have appeared in ‘World of Interiors’, ’Aesthetica’, ‘Elle Decoration’, ‘Homes and Gardens’ and, most recently, ‘Tatler’.
Jo’s ceramic creations, which she exhibits and sells both nationally and internationally, are a magical menagerie of characters created from hand-made plaster moulds and clay. They include BabyDogs, TriBods and JoVille household ceramics, inspired by a collection of experiences and ideas of ‘family’, nurture, control and love, as well as childhood memories of Fuzzy Felt and Mr Potato Head.
As well as being a successful practicing artist, with a studio in Meanwood, Jo is a trained Secondary Art teacher who has a wealth of experience in delivering a variety of fun and informative 2D and 3D workshops across all ages from primary to adults and adults with learning disabilities. Her experience of teaching, across primary and secondary schools, means that she has a fantastic understanding of the pressures and constraints of delivering a stimulating art curriculum. Despite the challenge, she is clear that art needs to be a feature of the curriculum, not least because it gives children the chance to explore and experiment with new materials, develop self-expression and confidence and to see the world in a much more interesting and rewarding way.
Jo loves working with people of all ages and abilities because it “results in so many different unique outcomes, it’s brilliant. I love teaching, it’s such a two-way joyous process where everyone learns something from everyone.”
If your school is interested in working with Jo, details of her Magic Garden offer can be found here. In September, she is delivering ‘How to Run an Art Club’ training for Primary teachers as part of the ArtForms Arts twilight CPD sessions. To see more examples of Jo’s own work, please visit her website: http://www.jolee.uk.com