Joe creates 2D and 3D contemporary glass art always experimenting with new ideas and learning new skills. He loves sharp contrasts and enjoys stepping away from glass as the primary medium combining it with other media, such as metal and ceramic.
The sea, especially where the water runs into land is an important source of inspiration for him. He also likes to make pieces that have a historic or art based theme. Joe is fascinated by eyes: we always look into someone else’s, and, every now and again, into our own eyes.
In his glasswork, Joe uses leaded glass and copper foil techniques. He often combines glass and ceramic as the latter has a different texture from that of the glass surface and can add depth to works. He uses clay to make elements that he cannot make from glass, so that there is much more movement in his pieces.
For his sculptures, he makes steel frames and then inserts stained glass or Dalle de Verre panels in them. He often works with lead sheets, too, using them both as elements of mixed media pieces and as the primary medium in others.