Jo Cottam began 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 which inspired her painting and ceramic forms.
After having two daughters, Jo returned to Falmouth to study her 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.
"Sometimes detail emerges from the layers as work progresses; sometimes
it is a mere hint of something which the viewer translates for themselves.”