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Welcome to Jo Malik's Designs!

I LOVE Metal and Glass!

I love to melt things with my torch. I love to melt glass in my kiln. I love to soldering things together. I love to bend and shape glass in molds.

I love it all!

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated with how things work. I would take apart or deconstruct toys, radios, old appliances and reassemble them, hardly ever finishing the same way they started. And I was fascinated by fire. I got caught many times using the burners on the stove to melt plastic straws and drip them like sealing wax on books, letters and early art work. (I still have a scar on the back of my hand from where some hot melted straw dripped on me.) Fast forward a few years, and I bought a real torch, and started melting some really cool things, like copper and silver and gold; although, every now and then, I still like to melt a straw and drip the hot smelly plastic on stuff.

I also started making art from the things I break or take apart. Breaking glass and assembling it into something beautiful, using watch parts or old countertops to fashion a piece of jewelry, there is no end to what materials can be used to create what you imagine. What starts out as an idea or vision soon becomes finessed into a three dimensional work of art, leaving a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment to replace the ethereal.                   

Though I am inspired by the real world, I consider what I make conceptual. I am inspired by shapes and colors rather than whole objects, the hard angular lines of a building, the soft curves of the human form, the repetitious pattern of a field of flowers or the flowing tentacles of a jelly fish will all evoke ideas for a new piece.      

I work in a number of mediums, with limited formal training; precious metals, paint, fabric, photography, paper, clay and glass. Experimentation with new materials is equally the greatest and most frustrating part of learning by trial and error.

Most items I craft are one of a kind. Production work is very tedious to me. If I do end up remaking a piece it is never the same, it is always evolving. There is continually something about it I feel would make it better or stronger visually as well as structurally.

I continue to attend workshops and classes when time permits. I believe I will remain a lifelong student. New materials, new techniques, and new perspectives, there just isn’t enough time to do all I would like to do. 

 

In My Studio Circa 2007

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