Jo Killen was born in Pennsylvania and spent all her summers in Maine on a lake with her family. It was in her summers in Maine that she started to draw and develop an interest in art.
Jo Killen brings an extensive background in art to her ceramic sculpture. In addition to ceramics, her background includes work as an art teacher, commercial graphic designer, illustrator, and art director in high-tech companies.
She has been exhibiting in variety exhibitions over the years and she has been selected for publication in the American Art Collector, Alcove Press 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She is a member of Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA), San Francisco CA, Board & Exhibiting and Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild, Sunnyvale CA,
Making art from clay goes back to the beginning of the human experience. It is always with great wonder and excitement that I approach the magic of taking the basic minerals of the earth to create new sculptural forms to enhance and express out lives.
I am particularly interested in the effects of modern raku and saggar firing techniques. These processes are a partnership between the artist and nature. The artist sets the stage with the selection of clays, shapes, and slips. Then elements of the fire, sawdust, cow dung, seaweed, wood, and chemicals such as copper carbonate and ferric chloride, combine to breath life into the sculptures.