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Joanna Constantinidis (née Connell) was born in York and attended college in Sheffield where she studied painting. During this time, she was introduced to ceramics and pottery making.

In 1951, Joanna became a ceramics lecturer at the Mid Essex Technical College (now known as Anglia Ruskin University) where she taught ceramics for over 30 years. Whilst teaching, Joanna also had her own studio in Great Baddow where her methods of producing ceramic art became admired.

In 1978, Joanna was awarded a medal of honour at the Premio Faenza International Ceramics Exhibition. By this point in her career, her ceramic works had taken a more sculptural form with tall cylindrical pieces.

Joanna retired from teaching in 1989 to focus on creating more works. Her pieces have been exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto and Chelmsford Museum.

Joanna died in August 2000 in Chelmsford at the age of 72.

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