Born in Chiswick and based in rural Staffordshire, Jo comes from a family of ‘Ponds’ who appear to have a genetic necessity for hoarding. Collecting unconventional and often unwanted items, Jo enjoys exploring symbolic references of form, material, and technique, repurposing her finds, to create unique one-off items, often assembled with the use of a laser-welder and on occasion replicated through the lost wax casting technique. Local seeds are preserved, molded and reproduced through lost wax casting, to create delicate but permanent bands of gold, to be worn and treasured. Materials and finds present themselves, often suggesting a starting point for a new collection and the composing begins.
Since completing her Master’s Degree in 2005 at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham, where she now works as a part-time lecturer, Jo’s work has been exhibited internationally, showcased at selected exhibitions such as Schmuck in Munich, the V&A Museum London, Price Tower Arts Centre Oklahoma, Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco and Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam.