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ABOUT US

  

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Jane James is an award winning artist who has become one of the best know ceramic designers in the Channel Islands. Working from her studio in St Helier, Jane’s work draws on inspiration from the beautiful coastline of Jersey.

 

All her ceramics are either hand cut or press moulded from white earthenware clay. The ceramics are then hand finished using a range of implements including various shells. The ceramics are then bisque fired to 1150c for 9 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. 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 has also undertaken privare commissions to make larger one-off statement pieces for homes around the Island. She was recently commissioned to design an art installation for a newly built school in Jersey. This consisted of over 500 fish erected in the atrium and classrooms to represent every student and teacher in the school.


Jane's work is becoming well known across Europe. Many of her pieces have been sent to France, Germany and further afield to Australia, America and Canada. This video was shot by Nordsee Report, a German TV company similiar to BBC's Countryfile.

HISTORY

Jane started working with ceramics as a hobby in 2001. She moved with her family to Jersey in 2007 and this gave her the opportunity to spend more time developing her ceramic art. Jane studied pottery at Highlands College, Jersey.  She used techniques she was taught to combine her love of the sea and her passion for pottery to create a range of unique coastal ceramics each piece being completely hand crafted from raw materials.


Jane started selling her coastal ceramics at the weekly Jersey Farm and Craft Markets. Her coastal ceramics proved very popular and the positive feedback has encouraged Jane to turn her hobby into a successful buisness. 

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

1990 - DIPLOMA IN ART AT COLCHESTER COLLEGE

1992 - HND IN PHOTOGRAPHY AT KENT COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN.

1993-1998 - VARIOUS DESIGN POSTS WITH ESTABLISH MAGAZINES

1998-2007 - PHOTOGRAPHER AND MEDIA OFFICER FOR ESSEX FIRE & RECUSE

2001 - SET UP SMALL HOME POTTERY AS A HOBBY

2007 - MOVED TO JERSEY STUDIED POTTERY AT HIGHLANDS COLLEGE

2009 - SET UP JANE JAMES COASTAL CERAMICS SELLING AT CRAFT MARKETS

2009 - FIRST EXHIBITED AS PART OF THE STARTING OUT EXIBITION IN JERSEY

2010 - FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION AT THE HARBOUR GALLERY, JERSEY

2010 MOVED INTO AN ARTISTS STUDIO CO-OPERATIVE IN ST MARY, JERSEY

2011 - ACQUIRED FIRST SMALL SHOP IN BOULEY BAY

2012 - RELOCATION TO A LARGER SHOP AND STUDIO IN ST HELIER, JERSEY

2013 - WON BEST IN CLASS FOR CERAMIC & POTTERY AT THE FEASTIVAL OF CREATIVE ARTS

2013 - OPENED 2ND GALLERY IN GOREY HARBOUR, JERSEY

2014 - ESTABLSHED JANE JAMES LIMITED WITH HUSBAND

2014 - ACQUIRED LARGE WORKSHOP IN ST HELIER TO INCREASE PRODUCTION.

2014 -  LAUNCHES FIRST ONLINE SHOP

2015 - LARGE COMMISSION FOR 500 FISH IN NEW ST MARTIN'S SCHOOL

2016 - RE-LOCATED THE ST HELIER SHOP INTO A DEDICATED GALLERY IN ST HELIER'S CENTRAL MARKET

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