Welcome to Turner Rowe Glass Art. My name is Jo Turner and I am a glass artist and ceramicist. I live by the sea and my studio is based in Birchington, Kent at Quex Park Craft Village.
I use the ancient art of lampworking. Manipulating molten glass with a specialised blowtorch, to create many different types of bead and small sculptures, which incorporate a variety of materials, including fine silver wire and silver leaf, copper and brass.
My fused glass work looks to exploring colour texture and producing the illusion of movement in glass.
All of my pieces are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln to eliminate stress that is introduced into the glass during the making process, and to ensure the glass is strong and durable.
My ceramic creations are very organic in nature and mostly inspired by the sea but you will find the off 'dark' piece within my collections.
Having a scientific background, I try to bring together the technical aspects of form and materials, expressed as art.
Exploring the links between science, art and environment, my work draws upon aspects of the natural world.
Much of my sculptural and glass work is inspired by the sea, living coral and how materials are affected by the passage of time, beneath the waves.
I design my own glazes to mimic nature, such as barnacles, lava and tarnished metal. I use reclaimed clay and recycled glass in much of my work.