Jo Cottam started her studies at Falmouth School of Art in 1986. She followed this with an HND in Ceramic Design, also at Falmouth, with a year spent at the University of Idaho where she studied Fine Art and Ceramics. During her time in the USA she developed a passion for the alchemy in glaze and firing technology and an interest in the elements as inspiration for her painting and ceramic forms.
After having her two daughters, she returned to Falmouth to study the BA (Hons) in Studio Ceramics where her work continued to be inspired by the changing light and landscape of West Cornwall. She then gained a PGCE in Secondary Art at Rolle College, Exmouth and started her career in education, first in Somerset then returning to Cornwall to The Roseland Academy as Head of Art in 2000.
Teaching Art & Design has given me an insight into how we use visual language to express ourselves. I believe I am giving my students the ability to look beyond the surface and gain an understanding and appreciation of their environment.
Jos current work continues to reflect the local environment and the colours of the changing land, sea and sky, with a focus on creating tactile depth and illusion.
Sometimes detail emerges from the layers as work progresses; sometimes it is a mere hint of something which the viewer translates for themselves.
TO SUBMIT WORK TO THE SUMMERHOUSE GALLERY
Here at The Summerhouse we love to support both established and new, up and coming artists with an affinity to Cornwall. We do recieve a very large volume of submissions, and although we take care to view every artists work, it is very difficult to discuss work with every single artist who gets in touch.
Please send us a selection of work which you feel best represents you, along with an artists statement and a list of other galleries which represent your work if applicable. You can email this to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to our address, with contact details (email or telephone) which we can reach you via should your application be successful.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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