I trained first at Berkshire College of Art and Design and then at Bath Academy of Art, in the golden years when it was situated in Corsham, graduating in Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design in 1973. This period was hugely influential to me and I owe a debt of gratitude to John Colbeck and to Peter Simpson, who first introduced me to the joy of working with clay and its creative potential as a medium. Since then, having raised a family and had a rewarding full time career in teaching until my retirement, it is wonderful to be able to devote more time at last to my own work.
I love birds and my aim is to capture the spirit of the individual by the exaggeration and emphasis of their form, features and movement, their 'birdness'. Quirky, humorous, the essence of their character and behaviour is my chief priority and I often make them in pairs or groups, thus enabling ‘conversations’.
And, living in the country, I love the natural world, the root of my inspiration - weather and its effects on the environment, the power of the elements, erosion and decay through time. Much of my recent inspiration has been derived from the coast, where I love to walk - cliffs, rocks, pebbles... I am interested in rugged, textural surface effects and natural edges, using a variety of clays and a combination of layered slips, oxides and glazes. I love discovering new effects through experimentation.
© 2017 by Jane Silk Ceramics