Joanne was educated at Edinburgh College of Art 1989-92 BA Hons (1st class) and the Royal College of Art (MA) 1993-95, setting up her studio in London with the help of a Crafts Council "Setting Up Grant" in 1995 and then returning to Edinburgh in 1999.
Ancient chain maille patterns are a constant inspiration, Joanne experiments with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making sculptural forms, necklaces, bracelets and earrings which are voluminous yet light, tactile and extremely durable. Her aim is to create striking contemporary jewellery which can be worn for both special occasions and every day. Joanne is fascinated by unit construction techniques in jewellery making, enjoying the way hard precious metals can be translated into soft forms which flow and stir with the body. Every circle in each unique handcrafted piece is formed, soldered and finished by Joanne