Dr Joanne Mitchell

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Waterjet Technician

I am a Glass Artist, Researcher and Waterjet Technician. I support BA, MA and PhD students in digital fabrication and waterjet cutting; alongside facilitating commercial waterjet projects and residencies for the National Glass Centre.

My interest lies in discovering new forms of creative expression through the integration of new and existing technologies to use in my artwork. My PhD research developed a new method to create and control complex air entrapment in the glass space for artistic expression, though digital and kiln technologies. I specialise in the combination of CAD, waterjet cutting and kiln forming techniques.

My work is in the collections of the National Glass Centre, the Shanghai Museum of Glass, China, and the Alexander Tutsek–Stiftung Foundation, Germany. 


PhD Thesis: Precision Air Entrapment Through Applied Digital and Kiln Technologies: A New Technique in Glass Art.
Glass: waterjet; kiln forming (float glass specialism): casting, fusing; coldwork; digital vinyl and decals; CAD.
I grew up in County Durham and West Yorkshire. I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a first in Three Dimensional Design with a specialism in Glass and Metal. I completed my Masters through the University of Wolverhampton's Edinburgh Crystal Scholarship and spent a year as in-house glass designer for Edinburgh Crystal.

In 2003, I left Edinburgh to pursue my own practice and was encouraged by the support of the National Glass Centre, which offered cheap studio space and technical expertise. My studio was based at the National Glass Centre for nine years, during which I worked as a full-time, self-employed glass artist, making work to sell through galleries and commissions. I also ran a second glass business, Juo Ltd, with co-director Jessamy Kelly, from 2006-2012, specialising in fused glass panels for domestic interiors and corporate projects. We created work for Newcastle Building Society, Newcastle NHS Trust, and Sunderland City Council amongst others and won the Pearsons Prize for Glass in Commercial Interiors.

I studied for my doctorate at University of Sunderland alongside my studio practice from 2009-2015. In my PhD research, I developed a new technique which incorporated the processes of waterjet cutting and kiln-forming, to develop and contain complex air-entrapment forms and imagery in the internal space of glass, a first kiln-forming. The research transformed by practice towards more personal, sculptural work for exhibition.

I continue my artistic practice from my studio at 36 Lime Street Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, alongside my work as Waterjet Technician for University of Sunderland and National Glass Centre.

I exhibit nationally and internationally. 


Last updated 11 June 2019