Jane was born and raised in Norfolk. Following studies in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, she has enjoyed a successful career designing hand-knit sweaters. Jane returned to ceramics in 2003.
Jane explains her work:
"For me, the vessel, a space-containing hollow form, offers the richest language for working in clay. Its conceptual simplicity allows readin...gs which allude to our most distant cultural pasts, and to the state of being human. Its limitations are those for which the potter’s tools are designed; it is a familiar scenario within which to work. Thus it becomes necessary to subvert working and the work in some way, to push the boundaries in order to attempt discovery of new or hidden qualities of this profoundly significant, yet ordinary object.
The apparent fragility and age of these vessels tempers their insistent sense of function, function that we understand rests on implicit but radical contradictions. The cracks in a bottle form which deny it the function of containing a liquid produce a deliberate uncertainty about what constitutes a vessel. The insistent reminder of age and wear, as if the pieces had somehow been weathered and eroded over geological and archaeological timescales, evokes a sense of history and of humanity."