Living by the ocean in West Vancouver has inspired the woven wire creations that Joanne Waters has created in the past 4 years. She enjoys sharing her
techniques and putting her work in shows. This will be Joanne’s second year with Copper & Fire. Joanne chose to participate because her love of
working with metal wire perfectly matches the Museum’s theme of using mined materials in art. She is motivated to share her methods and ideas and is
excited to meet with others who are interested in creating with her medium.
This year at Copper & Fire, Joanne will show visitors how she creates whimsical birds and sea life with copper, brass and steel wire and will help visitors form their own 2-dimensional objects to take home with them. She hopes that demonstrating and displaying at the Britannia Mine Museum will introduce her work to visitors who may not be familiar with metal work as art. Visitors can gain a new appreciation for metal wire sculpture and may even be inspired to try creating art themselves. Joanne finds that working with wire is very forgiving – it can be reshaped if needed as well as added to or taken from so it is perfect for those who want to try an art form that requires minimal supplies and equipment.
When asked for the best advice she could give to aspiring artists, Joanne said that "they should not be afraid to experiment with as many materials as possible. Each medium helps with future projects with other materials. Problem solving is the most important skill that future artists need to develop and a variety of mediums can bring this out."
You can meet Joanne and view, purchase and/or try your hand at wire sculpture at Copper & Fire on Sunday, July 19 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Click here for more information.
Joanne Waters Biography
Joanne has taught and created in a variety of mediums--beading, basketry, doll making, felting, fabric painting and embellishment and colored pencil art. In the fall of 2011, Joanne began experimenting with sculpting with wire. After successfully completing baskets from wire she decided to try a dolphin and was able to create any creature using books and the internet for the necessary details for her creations. She is totally self taught and depends on her ability to solve problems as she works on each piece to create the desired result.
Joanne has had over 30 pieces of work exhibited at the Jewish Community Center's Sidney and Gertrude Zach Gallery, the Ferry Building in West Vancouver and at the Squamish Library. She has also had single pieces in 5 other shows in the last few years.
Joanne is a widow with two adult children and four grandchildren. She is now retired except for her art work but volunteers at the Ferry Building Gallery, the Seymour Art Gallery, the Adult Care Center in West Vancouver, and the Seniors Recreation Center in West Vancouver. Her work is for sale at the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove, North Vancouver and the Silk Purse in West Vancouver.