Joanne Jacobs was a pianist long before she became a glass artist. Coming home from a piano gig one evening, she caught sight of a stained glass piano lamp in a storefront display. She bought the lamp the next day and was inspired to start making her own stained glass artwork.
She started out making lamps, windows, jewelry boxes and Judaica items. In 1987, she began making kaleidoscopes and soon decided to make them the focus of her work.
Joanne finds inspiration from Walt Disney, Monet, Renoir, Chagall, Japanese woodblock prints and various modern artists. Her Classic Stardust Kaleidoscope appears in the film The Seeker (Fox).
As the granddaughter of a prominent New York Chasidic rabbi, she always wanted to make Jewish-themed kaleidoscopes. Former Israeli President Shimon Perez received one of her kaleidoscopes from the United Jewish Appeal.