Jo Luping studied printmaking and photography at the Otago Fine Art School, then film making and design at Wellingtonâ€™s Victoria University. She established her studio in 1996 and became renowned for her ceramics which capture New Zealandâ€™s coastal landforms and indigenous flora and fauna. She works in a variety of mediums including jewellery, ceramics, glass, printmaking, textiles, photography and film.
â€śI use design as a platform to tell a story. The story will raise awareness about an environmental issue and highlight natureâ€™s beauty. Each piece made is a conservation conversation. I am inspired by the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi. The characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, simple elegance, intimacy, modesty and suggest a natural process.â€ť