Joanna Howells was born into a family of scientists and mathematicians. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before switching to Medicine. After graduation she decided to pursue pottery, enrolling first at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London, then on the ceramics course at Harrow College.
After potting in London for some years and southern France for a shorter period, she moved to Wales in 1997.
Portrait from 'Living In Wales' by David Hurn published by Seren 2005