Jo Davies Portrait by Layton Thompson

About Jo Davies

I believe in Making as a vehicle for expression, for the articulation of thoughts that cannot be expressed through language. I discovered this about clay when I was a teenager and knew that it would become a big part of my life quite quickly. A few years later my training in ceramics took me to Bath School of Art and Design, to do a pure Ceramics degree – where I learnt the craftsmanship required to bring my ideas to fruition through gradual, methodical instruction from many leading practitioners. When I moved on to take my Masters at the Royal College of Art the skills I already had were deepened and stretched in this intensive environment.

Since that time I have worked with private clients, companies and institutions at home and abroad -  such as Heals, The National Portrait Gallery, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Trust and The Cheongju International Craft Competition in South Korea.

Whilst in recent years I exclusively make my own work at the studio, in the early days I worked with artists like Charlotte Hodes and Gavin Turk, either to produce, or advise on, their ideas using ceramics. This gave me a grounding in working closely with people, teaching me the nature and delicacy of creating bespoke items in the studio - the work, patience and care required.  

For the last 10 years I have specialised in wheel-throwing porcelain. Porcelain objects are renowned for their beauty and delicacy but, as a maker, it is an amazing material to work with because of its elastic and fluid feel as a clay. These material qualities lend themselves to methods of making not possible with other clays; whilst its qualities after kiln-firing, such as translucency, allow it to glow in strong light. 

All my work is wheel-thrown by me at the studio - the skills needed to work with porcelain in this way are acquired over years so I am the only person able to make my work.  From the smallest cup to a large, unique vessel, every wheel-thrown object I make is always an individual item. Each object  acts as a reflection of the shape of my hands as well as my design intentions.


Please see classes taught by Jo Davies at her studio in East London here

"Masterclass with Jo Davies" by Layton Thompson with thanks to Ceramic Review Magazine