Designer & Maker
Jane James is an award winning artist who has become one of the best know ceramic designers in the Channel Islands. Working from her production studio overlooking English Harbour in St Helier, Jane’s work draws on inspiration from the beautiful coastline of Jersey.
Jane and her team of artists hand cut, press mould or slip cast the ceramics from white earthenware clay. They are then hand finished using a range of implements including various shells. The ceramics are then bisque fired to 1150c for 12 hours before they are individually hand painted with a range of speciality glazes. The ceramics are then fired a second time which produces beautifully bold and bright ceramic pieces with a magical lustre finish that capture the shimmering colours of the sea.
Most of Jane’s pieces are mounted on local driftwood collected from the many beautiful beaches around Jersey or other recycled wood. These add an extra sculptural quality and interest to create unique pieces of coastal art. Each piece of work is unique and conveys Jane’s colourful and happy style. Her work is identified using a handmade ceramic button signed with the letter ‘J’. Jane’s ceramics have qualified for Genuine Jersey status, which guarantees that the craft skill involved can be regarded as genuinely local to Jersey.
Along with her popular range of handmade fish, boats and birds, Jane also undertakes private commissions making larger one-off statement pieces for large homes and hotels around the Island. She recently started re-cycling old classic wooden yachts combining them with her ceramics to make large pieces of artwork.
Jane’s work is becoming well known across Europe. She now supplies over 50 galleries across the UK, Italy and the Caribbean. Many of her pieces have been sent to France, Germany and further afield to Australia, America and Canada. Jane was commissioned to make a large wall shoal for the National Aquarium in Denmark.
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