Jan lives in Carmarthenshire with her husband, daughter and son. When not making experimental glazes or getting dirty with clay, she gardens, walks her two daft dogs, reads, makes bread and takes time out to walk along the coastal paths of West Wales taking photos of the landscape. Jan trained at West Wales School of the Arts in Carmarthen and Graduated in 2008 with a First class BA (Hons) in Ceramics and since then has been experimenting with various clays, glazes and techniques to discover her own unique and individual style. She started exhibiting her work in 2008.
“Inspiration and influences come from watching crashing waves against volcanic rocks that push their way up through the sea, crunching the sea foam left behind on sand, looking at barnacles glistening in the sun, peering into the smooth mirrors of rock pools, sitting in sandy bays whilst looking at the amazing colours the sea and rock formations have to offer.
I enjoy experimenting with form, lava glazes and reactive slips often comparing patterns and surfaces through multiple firings to compliment the simple forms and clean lines. I like to think of my pots as pieces of art you can hold in your hands, with some of the serenity and peace that I find when walking along the shores and coastal paths of Wales. The firing of the work starts with a bisque firing to 1000c which is followed by a further firing of 12-1260c to vitrify the white stoneware clay. Subsequent firings are to take on the multiple glazing to give further colour from my volcanic, barium and glossy glazes.”