Tell us about yourself!
My name is Jo Andersson. I recently moved to Sweden to pursue making my own glass art after working in the Seattle and Portland area for four years. I was introduced to the material in college ten years ago; I was not instantly hooked. The material frightened me, and I was easily the worst student in the class. I knew however, that it was something I needed to pursue and eventually I fell head over heels in love with the material.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I love glass because of the way it makes me feel while I am working with it. Glass allows me to express myself in ways no other artistic medium ever has. The intensity, fluidity, and femininity of the material excites and pushes me to continuously grow, as an artist and an individual.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
Freedom, truth, perception, perspective, self-love and identity are all themes I tend to investigate within my work. I think about these ideas constantly and continue to try to understand these themes within myself. Working with glass helps me see myself in ways I did not think were possible. My work is a reflection of myself, my experiences and my personal growth; as I evolve so does the work.
What is your dream project?
My major goal is to one day create an ecological artist community with like-minded individuals who are interested in sustainability and artistic freedom. In my experience running a studio is more than a full-time job; it can be a daunting responsibility. I want to build a place where glass artists can share that responsibility with each other; allowing them the possibility and time for travel and other pursuits.
Why are you a member of GAS?
Being a part of a community with peers who love glass as much as I do is important to me. The ability to learn from each other, work together, and grow with each other is in my opinion, priceless.
To learn more about Jo Andersson, or to see more of her work, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE.