Jan studied Three-Dimensional Design at Manchester College of Art and Design, then teaching in further and adult education in day centres and colleges, finishing up in prison, where she taught for over 20 years. She returned to higher education in 2005, pursuing a diploma course in ceramics, followed by an MA in 2010.
She now works in ceramics to create pieces that reflect her love of the natural world and man’s interaction with it, including myths and legends that have grown up to explain some of its mysteries.
Her work frequently has a strong marine flavour, referencing travel on the sea, and life above and below it. Early sea travel has long held a fascination: vast distances travelled into the unknown in flimsy craft (as illustrated in early manuscripts); subsistence on what could be caught from below, observation of life in the skies above, and discovery of exotic flora and fauna.
These parallel themes are developed in porcelain and earthstone, high-fired in an electric kiln with a largely monochromatic palette to emphasise form and structure.
Exhibitions: Potfest; Cheshire and Derbyshire Open Arts; Six Streets (Derby); Wilmslow Arts Trail; “Gifted”, Wilmslow; Buxton Festival Fringe; Cromford Mill; with the NPA at Sheffield Cathedral; The Hive, Manchester ; Water Street Gallery, Todmorden.
Galleries: Pure Art, Milford Haven, Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye; and Erwood Station Gallery, Builth Wells.
Jan makes and sells her work at the Longden Gallery, Maccles