Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Joe was active in the local art scene at a young age. Joe began glassblowing in Community College and later studied working at Snow Farm, a craft school based in Williamsburg, MA. Joe later became established as a flameworking teacher at the Penland Art School. In 2012, encouraged by growing international demand from private collectors and galleries, Joe created work that was increasingly inclusive of functional glass components. In order to be closer to the glass community and to do more collaborative work, Joe relocated to Evergreen, CO.