Joanna comes from a family of scientists with musical and artistic leanings. Choosing pottery A level alongside Physics, Chemistry and Maths, she colonised her parents' garden with kilns while experimenting with various techniques.
She switched from Natural Sciences to Medicine at Cambridge, while continuing to play the cello in university orchestras and making pots in the vacations. The Fitzwilliam Museum became a favourite haunt, the wonderful collection of 8th C Song porcelain directly inspiring her to become a potter rather than a doctor.
Just before graduation Joanna was fortunate to meet Henry Rothschild, a great collector and gallery owner. He put her in touch with Colin Pearson, who advised her to apply to the Sir John Cass School of Art, where she studied for a year. There followed two years on Harrow College's Studio Pottery course, which was founded by Mick Casson and Victor Margrie in the 1970's. It was here that she first began to develop her distinctive style of throwing and altering porcelain, producing work with white, celadon and ash glazes.
Since the 1980s Joanna has developed a following as a highly respected contemporary maker. Her artistic drive means that her throwing and altering approach is constantly developing.
The foundation for this experimentation lies in her masterly throwing technique, developed with the help of other master potters over the years.
Joanna exhibits and lectures in Britain and abroad and her work is featured in many publications.