Jo Land was born and brought up in Suffolk.
After completing an Art and Design Foundation Course at Suffolk College, she began studying Three Dimensional Design at Farnham College before completing a degree in Ceramics at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall. After graduating from here in 1997, she spent a year working with Anita Besson both at her gallery and home before embarking on a gap year which lasted five.
During this period she visited Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, India and Nepal studying various ceramic techniques along the way. Jo then spent 3 months completing a residency at Joetsu University in Niigata northern Japan before spending a further 3 months working in a pottery in Koishiwara on Kyushu, Southern Japan.
From here she travelled to Australia where she spent three years undertaking an apprenticeship with Robert Barron in Victoria learning to woodfire on a large scale; firing his 1,000cft noborigama kiln twice a year.
After returning to the UK in 2004 she spent 2 years working alongside Micki Schloessingk, who specialises in woodfired saltglaze, at her idyllic Pottery on South Gower.
In 2007 Jo moved to Aberystwyth in mid-Wales where she now lives and works.