Jo Tricker: Artist, Designer and Glassmaker
Where Science and Art Meet!
"I am fascinated by glass - by its ability to transform itself from a solid to a liquid and back to a solid again! For me it is the endless fascination of where science and art meet."
I am a glassmaker who makes original, non-generic gifts out of glass! I do not blow glass - my works are proudly handmade using kilnforming and flameworking techniques and serve both functional and decorative purposes.
I am inspired by colour and pattern as well as my children, family history, books, dance, travelling and the stunning country of New Zealand where I live.
I love my job and I am passionate about what I do!
My glass story started with my first job (way back in the mid eighties!) when I did an apprenticeship in Medical Laboratory Technology. I loved science - especially biology - and way before the industry was mechanised - I got to play with test tubes, petri dishes, glass slides and pipettes - measuring and mixing liquids and chemicals, and spending a lot of time looking down a microscope!
Fast forward through the next 22 years by which time I had done a three year OE, and studied and worked in the other loves of my life - English literature and Design. After arriving at the door of my first Mosaic workshop I was eventually led to a mosaic conference in Hobart, Tasmania. It was here that I heard a presentation by a sculptor who made life sized birds - some with a wing span of 5 metres in length - and each wing was decorated with feathers made from kilnformed pieces of glass.
I was fascinated and hooked - and after eight years my fascination has never ended! My career has come full circle to encompass my love of science and art - and I feel that glass is the junction where both loves meet!
So if you are looking for something different - that combines science and art - then please keep clicking through my website.
I have a background in Science and Art, with two apprenticeships in Medical Laboratory Technology, a Degree in English and Linguistics, a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages, and a Certificate in Graphic Design. I have completed master classes in glass fusing, slumping, casting and flameworking - learning from both local and international glass artists.