Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee but grew up in the Bahamas, Key West , Camarillo and Monterey. Hobbs studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Arts and Pilchuck Glass School. He earned his BFA in sculpture from the University of West Florida and has worked with glass for two decades now. He was the founding glass artist in residence at the Belmont Art Center (which is now the First City Art Center) in Pensacola, Florida. Currently, Joe resides in Pensacola and makes his work at First City Art Center.