This is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jane James Ceramics. I have put together my largest ever exhibition using parts of old classic sailing boats that I have salvaged and repurposed into pieces of artwork my combining them with my ceramics. Most of the pieces will be made from an old classic sailing boat called ‘Ranzo’. This yacht is believed to be the original prototype boat for the Ranzo Class yachts built by Robertsons in 1932. Only 15 Ranzo class yachts were built by Robertsons boat yard in Woodbridge, Suffolk from 1932 – 1937. It was Bermudian rigged, had a length of 22ft, a beam of 7ft 2 in and a draft of 3ft. Constructed from pitch pine planking on grown oak frames with steamed intermediate timbers all copper rivet fastened. Ranzo moved to Jersey in 1936. Photo below is Ranzo beings sailed near Gorey.
Old boats make the perfect backdrop for my ceramics and I couldn’t bare to seem them end up being scared and burnt in the local incinerator. So with the help of my husband, we carefully cut up the boat to save all the best pieces. Each piece is carefully selected, sanded, washed and painted with a wood seal before I then design what ceramics I am going to put on them. I total I made 40 pieces of exciting new work using every part of the wooden yacht.
During the process I also researched the history of the vessel and the exhibition is both a celebration of her work and of the workmanship and much joy this boat has given local family’s whilst sailing in the waters off Jersey for the past 80 years.
The exhibition is located in the large gallery space below my studio at 20 Commercial Buildings (next to Normans), St Helier, Jersey JE2 3NB. It launched with a preview evening on 19th July and is on until 21st September. The gallery is open 9.30 – 4pm Mon – Sat (closed on Sundays).
You can also view and buy my Shipwrecked exhibition pieces on line in my shop