About the Artist:


Joanne has practiced as a professional artist and designer since graduating in 2000, and spent time as a designer for Edinburgh Crystal, and as a resident artist at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, before moving to Lime Street Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in December 2012.


The range of Joanne's practice stretches from her innovative sculptural work, to design for the glass industry, commissions for corporate and domestic interiors and education. Her glass has been shown in numerous galleries around the UK, as well as in exhibitions in Europe and America, and is featured in several publications on British Glass.


Alongside her practice Joanne undertook academic research into glass art and technology at The University of Sunderland, for her PhD, which she completed in 2015 and which had a transformative effect on her work. Her research developed pioneering glassmaking techniques using digital technologies and CAD/CAM processes to create three-dimensional forms and images trapped as air bubbles, suspended within a glass space - a first in kiln-formed glass. Her work is in the collections of the Shanghai Museum of Glass, the U.K.s National Glass Centre and the Alexander Tutsek–Stiftung Foundation, Germany, as well as numerous private collections.


In her artwork Joanne examines how the immaterial can be exposed or preserved, making visible the intangible; using air as a metaphor for thought, memory, presence and absence. The work draws connections in what makes us human, exploring themes around connectedness, anonymity and empathy.



2018     National Glass Centre Collection, Sunderland, UK

2016     Shanghai Museum of Glass Permanent Art Collection, China

2015     Alexander Tutsek–Stiftung Foundation, Germany


Selected Exhibitions: Group


2020  Silica Valley at Hawk Galleries, Ohio, USA

2020  Silica Valley, Pittsburgh Glass Center, USA

2019  NGC21 and Skills & Techniques, Main Gallery and Collection Gallery, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK

          Loud & Clear, Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK

2018  Breaking the Mould, London Glassblowing Gallery, Bermondsey, London, UK

Loud & Clear, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, UK

Northern Glass Innovations, Three Person Exhibition: Joanne Mitchell, Laura Johnston, Sue Woolhouse. 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle, UK

2017   The British Glass Biennale 2017, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK

'Wearable Glass', Touring Exhibition of Contemporary Glass Jewellery and Glass Art, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK; Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales; Studio Fusion Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, London. UK

2016    ‘An In With a Stranger’ Four-Person Mixed Media Exhibition, Catrin Andersson; Joanne Mitchell; Zoe Preece and Tim Shaw. Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre,                      Cwmbran, Torfaen, Wales, UK

2015    Drawing? Various Artists - Three PhD Researchers present work exploring the notion of drawing. Customs House, South Shields, UK

2014    Affordable Art Fair New York, represented by ArtDog London, New York, USA

            Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, represented by ArtDog London, Hampstead, UK

2013    GLASS; selected national exhibition of work in glass, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield, UK

            Artists from the North East, Bianco Nero Gallery, Stokesley, N. Yorks. UK

            Affordable Art Battersea, London,  Artdog Gallery, London

2012    Blast! 2012, Paired with Tim Tate, Zest Gallery, London

            Bloomsbury Art Fair, London, Artdog Gallery, London

            Affordable Art Fair Cohesion Glass Network, Battersea, London

2010    The Summer Collection at the SDC Gallery, Shorditch, London

            The Summer Exhibition: Glass 2010, The Pyramid Gallery, York, UK

            20:10 Exhibition, Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire, UK

2009    10°N/ 10°S International Design Exchange Exhibition, The Sage, Newcastle-upom-Tyne, UK and Cite du Design, St. Etienne, France

            Best of Artomatic, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda,Maryland, USA

            Modern and Contemporary Glass Auction, Bonhams, New Bond St; London, UK

            Artomatic 2009, Washington D.C.; USA

            Cohesion at the Pyramid Gallery 2009, York, UK

            Blast! 2009 (Juo) Cohesion Show at Zest Gallery, London, UK

            Glass Casting, St Joseph Gallerie, Leerwarden, The Netherlands

            Affordable Art Fair, Spring Collection 09, Cohesion, Battersea, UK

2008    MadeNorth, selected exhibition, Designed & Made Gallery, Newcastle, UK

            Reflect 2008, The London Glass Fair, Glaziers Hall, London, UK

            British Glass Makers, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, UK

            Glass 3, Sunderland, Toledo Ohio and Washington DC Glass Artists, Washington D.C., USA

2005    Talent Exhibition: British Studio Glass, Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria, UK

            Spring Exhibition, Glass by Roger Tye and Joanne Mitchell, Metcalfe-Hoffman Studio Gallery, Deal, Kent, UK

            Collect 2005, represented by Bluecoat Display Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

2004    The British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge, UK

2002    Made in the Middle, Touring Exhibition, Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton UK


Selected Exhibitions: Solo


2015     Form & Void, Jo Mitchell, National Glass Centre, UK

2009     Artists Showcase, Arts Council North East, Newcastle, UK

2007     Juo Collection Launch, Summer Fair, Excel, Docklands, London, UK

2006     Joanne Mitchell Solo Showcase - Fusion Gallery, Bristol, UK

2006     Joanne Mitchell Solo Exhibition - Project Space, National Glass Centre, UK

2005     Showcase: Joanne Mitchell, Solo Exhibition, The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, UK


2017     Precision Air Entrapment Through Applied Digital & Kiln Technologies: A New Technique In Glass Art (PhD Thesis), 2017

2017     British Glass Biennale Catalogue, International Festival of Glass, UK, 2017 

2015     New Glass Review 36, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York 2015

2010     Kiln Forming Glass, Helga Watkins-Baker, Crowood Press 2010

2009     Modern and Contemporary Glass, Auction Catalogue, Bonhams of London 2009

2007     Glass North East, Peter Davies, University of Sunderland Press, 2007

2007     Glass Directory, Cohesion Glass Network 2007

2006     50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass, Intelligent Layman Publishers 2006

2004     British Glass Biennale Catalogue, International Festival of Glass UK, 2004



2015     University of Sunderland, PhD: Precision Air Entrapment Through Applied Digital and Kiln Technologies: A New Technique in Glass Art (2017)

2001     University of Wolverhampton, MA (Glass Product Design) The Edinburgh Crystal Scholarship

2000     Manchester Metropolitan University, BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design: Hot Glass and Metal (1st Class Honours)

1997     Leeds College of Art, Foundation Studies in Art & Design


Professional Positions:


2003 – Present: Practicing Artist & Designer, Jo Mitchell Glass, Newcastle, UK

2015 - Present: Waterjet Technician, University of Sunderland, UK

2009 – 2015:  PhD Researcher, Glass & Ceramics Dept, University of Sunderland, UK


Teaching/ Lecturing:


2015     ‘Contouring the Air Bubble: Complex Air Entrapment, Clarity and Content in Kiln-formed Glass Art’, Reflections: Glass in the Year of Light: Society of Glass           Technology Conference, Cambridge University.

2015     Artist Talk Series, National Glass Centre: Joanne Mitchell & Emma Woofenden. Sunderland, UK.

2014     TA to Keke Cribbs, Pilchuck Summer Program Session 6, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, USA

2014     Gillian Dickinson Outreach Project, National Glass Centre/NGCA & Gillian Dickinson Trust Education Project, Sunderland, UK

2013     Cleveland College of Art & Design: ‘Working with Glass’ Evening Course Visiting Tutor, Middlesbrough, UK

2013     36 Lime Street Studios, Studio glass workshop tutor with artist Zoe Garner, Newcastle, UK

2013     National Glass Centre: Public Glass Workshop Teacher, Sunderland, UK

2005     University of Sunderland, Visiting Tutor portfolio sessions, Daum Design Competition, Sunderland UK


Further Professional Experience:


2006–12     Director, Juo Limited (Kiln formed and Architectural Glass )

2011–14     Panel Member, University of Sunderland Department of Art & Design Industry Advisory Panel

2011 -12    Freelance Designer, T&T Houseware Co Ltd, Quingdao, Shandong, China

2010- 11    Charity Trustee/ Director & Board Member, Creative Cohesion Glass Education Network

2009–11     Promotion and Publicity Coordinator, Cohesion Glassmakers’ Network

2004–09     Newsletter Coordinator & Feature Writer, Cohesion Glassmakers’ Network

2003–04     Information Coordinator, Cohesion Glassmakers’ Network

2003-06      Freelance glass designer, The Edinburgh Crystal Glass Company Ltd.

2001-03      In-house glass product designer, Edinburgh Crystal Glass Company Ltd., Midlothian, Scotland

Grants & Awards:


2015     One to Watch: Craft & Design Selected

2015     Contemporary Glass Society Highly Commended, New Designers

2015     Selected for Crafts Council Directory, Crafts Council UK

2014     University of Sunderland Futures Fund

2012     Creativitiworks & Cannon Bill Hall Art Fund

2008     The Pearsons Prize 2008: Juo Ltd – Winner: ‘Best Use of Glass in Retail and Interior’

2006     Blueprint Business Planning Awards, Creative Industries and Overall Winner (Juo Ltd)

2000     Edinburgh Crystal 7th Masters Degree Scholarship

2010 - present

2010 - present