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Ceramics is one of the oldest forms of making, closely associated with the settling of hunter gatherers and the beginning of 'civilisation'. Making bowls creates a direct line back to the ancestors in much the same way as DNA. This is a connection Jo holds consciously in her mind as she is working. Jo's bowls are hand formed using a combination of pinching and carving. The natural processes of the clay such as cracking and warping are incorporated as part of the essence of the bowls. She finishes them with a selection of slips, stains and lustres. They have an archaeological feel as Jo explores themes of making at the core of the human experience. They vary in scale with most being hand or even finger sized, enabling them to communicate directly from hand to hand.