Since 2000, Joanne Mitchell Glass artist has practised professionally.  Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 1st Class Honours in Three Dimensional Design: Hot Glass and Metal.  Joanne went on to design for Edinburgh Crystal.  She also spent time as a resident artist at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.  In December 2012 she moved to Lime Street Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she still creates today.

In 2015, Joanne looked to complete a PhD, researching glass art with technology. The idea of which was to expand the possibilities of air within glass.  Ultimately the manipulation of the bubble.  Her pioneering research has developed new glassmaking techniques using digital technologies and CAD/CAM processes.  Such processes enable the creation of 3D forms and images trapped as air bubbles suspended within a glass space—a first in Kiln-formed glass.

Joannes’s new techniques aided by technology can be seen in her current work. She aims to make the intangible visible, using air as a metaphor for thought, memory, presence, and absence.  Drawing on connections to what makes us human, Joanne explores themes around anonymity, connectedness, and empathy.

Joanne Mitchell Glass work is in the collections of the UK National Glass Centre, the Shanghai Museum of Glass, and the Alexander Tutsek–Stiftung Foundation, Germany, as well as numerous private collections.

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