We are a wife and husband team who work together designing and producing glass art under the banner of Joia Glass.
In 2005 we did a taster session in fused glass and were hooked! After Peter was made redundant we decided to buy a kiln and cabin and to work out of our back garden in Lincolnshire. This was never going to be a hobby; therefore we experimented and played with the glass until we felt we could sell some of our work.
We started selling through small local craft and charity fairs, moving onto bigger ones and until in recent years we took part in large nationally recognised art and design fairs across the country.
In 2014 we moved to Kirkharle Courtyard in the Northumbria countryside 20 miles west of Newcastle and on the edge of the Northumbria National Park. We originally just had a workshop but when the unit next door became available at the beginning of 2105, we opened our Studio/Gallery. This has allowed us to display the variety of our work. It has also given us the opportunity to spend time with our customers who visit Kirkharle Courtyard rather than travelling the country. We still do the occasional local craft and charity fairs, but not as many as we used to!