Janey Ramsay

Predominantly hand built stoneware, my work is fired to approximately 1180 -1200 degrees. In the main it is decorated using coloured decorating slips and wax resist and fired four or five times to 950 degrees to achieve the desired surface texture. I use various methods for building my pots, modelling, coiling, slabbling and pinching, in fact any other method my imagination can devise. The pieces are then given a bees wax polish finish to give them a less dry, more velvety quality and can be re-polished whenever necessary.

 

I graduated from Leicester Polytechnic in 1978 with a B.A. Hons. in three dimensional design (ceramics and glass):  While there I focused mainly on mould-making and slip-casting techniques making bone china pieces based on natural forms. 

                                                                                                                                                 In 1979-80 I received a Turkish Government scholarship to study Turkish Ceramics. On returning from Turkey I worked for some time as an Archaeological Draftsperson at Dover Museum in Kent, drawing their collection of Medieval and Roman pottery for records and reports.

 

 Over the years I have exhibited my work in a variety of galleries and outlets in London and the South East and also in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. I took part in the ‘9 Days of Art’ project in 2005 and exhibited work in the 100 Devon Potters exhibition at the Burton Gallery in 2006. I am a member of the Westcountry Potters Association and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and also teach on a private basis.