Jane trained in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, graduating in 1973, and has continued developing her own work since then alongside a full-time career in teaching. Much of her work reflects her ongoing love of birds, their forms, behaviour and personalities. She enjoys simplifying their features and movements, paring down the essence of their ‘birdness’.
Together with her interest in birds, the natural world has always been at the root of her inspiration. A keen walker and lover of the great outdoors, she responds to her environment and is currently inspired by cliff walking along the coast and the study of rock formations. Weather and its impact on the environment, the power of the elements, erosion and decay are themes in her work.
Now retired from teaching, Jane has the time to explore and experiment with new ideas and concepts. Her work is predominantly hand built and sculptural, revealing a fascination for textural surface qualities and edges. She is pushing the boundaries exploring new colour variations and effects with a wide range of clay bodies, slips, oxides and glazes.
Jane’s work is exhibited widely at galleries and exhibitions in the UK. She was a finalist for Surrey Artist of the Year 2018.
Jane Silk’s hand-built ceramics are inspired by the natural world and in particular her love of birds. These works reveal her skill at characterisation, simplifying form to capture the essence of each breed, Now retired from full-time teaching, she is pushing the boundaries – exploring new colour variations and effects with a wide range of clay bodies, slips, oxides and glazes.