Jane trained first at Berkshire College of Art and Design and then at Bath Academy of Art, graduating in Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design in 1973. Having raised a family and had a rewarding full time career in teaching, she is now able to devote more time to her own work.
She loves birds and aims to capture the spirit of the individual by the exaggeration and emphasis of their form, features and movement, their 'birdness'. Quirky, humorous, the essence of their character and behaviour is the chief priority, often made in pairs or groups, thus enabling ‘conversations’.
And, living in the country, Jane loves the natural world, the root of her inspiration - weather and its effects on the environment, the power of the elements, erosion and decay through time. Much of her recent inspiration has been derived from the coast, where she loves to walk - cliffs, rocks, pebbles. Interested in rugged, textural surface effects and natural edges, using a variety of clays and a combination of layered slips, oxides and glazes, discovering new effects through experimentation.