Jo Pond is a Studio Jeweller and a lecturer at the School of Jewellery who brings twenty-one years of educational experience to her role. Prior to joining the University she worked as a Technical Instructor at Loughborough University School of Art & Design, specializing in Casting and Laser Welding.Jo completed her MA in Jewellery Design & Related Products at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, where she established her personal design process.
Jo started her practice alongside her lecturing roles at De Montfort, Coventry, Birmingham City and Nottingham Trent Universities. She now combines her methodologies and considerable bench skills with her passion for teaching at the School of Jewellery. Jo is involved in tutoring, programme development and management.
Jo’s process of artistic enquiry explores the narrative through wearable structures, informed by process and material investigation. She has contributed to the reconstruction of ancient artefacts utilising both traditional and cutting edge processes, re-creating Lord Byron’s Skull Cup for Newstead Abbey and collaborating on the reconstruction of a 4,500 year old Sumerian Harp, damaged by looters at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad.
Jo was Awarded for her Narrative Jewellery Collection, winning the Birmingham Design Initiative Industry & Genius Award in 2005. Her work has been exhibited internationally, showcased at selected exhibitions such as Schmuck in Munich, the V&A Museum London, Galerie Rob Koudijs Amsterdam, Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco and Contemporary Applied Arts in London.