Jane is a designer and maker of contemporary silver jewellery, with a true passion for designing and creating jewellery. She has been making jewellery since 2008. Jane studied silversmithing jewellery at her local college for five years. This was followed by further courses and specialised workshops although she is largely self taught, perfecting her technique through her designs and her passion of making.
Her work involves a synergy of creative ideas and techniques and incorporates both traditional and non-traditional silversmithing techniques. She enjoys experimenting with other techniques and materials in her jewellery and has developed a new range of etched and more sculptural formed pieces.
Her designs are influenced by the natural world and a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones and fossils along with exploration of rock pools along the seashore. Her jewellery is inspired by fauna and flora, organic texture and natural landscapes. She works from her home workshop located in Worthing on the Sussex coast.
Inspiration also comes from the work of Antoni Gaudi who was influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like forms. Gaudi also adorned many of his buildings with coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns.
She is also inspired by the work of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists Barbara Hepworth who created sculptures in bronze, stone and wood.
Jane has experimented with anticlastic raising using sinusoidal stakes and hammers and fold-forming – hammering and forging folded sheet metal, then opening out the piece to reveal the three-dimensional form. She is inspired by the work of Charles Lawton Brain.
Work on display
Jane has had her work on display at East Beach studios, Worthing, West Sussex for the last six years. Five of those years at Four at the Shore, and latterly at Seasons and East Beach Gallery. She is currently at the Montague Gallery in Worthing where she is one of 40 artists with work on display and spends time stewarding there on a rota basis. She also has work in The Basement 93 in Steyning.
Jane has exhibited her work in local exhibitions at Colonnade House, Worthing and at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, including The Open 2018. She has also exhibited with Creative waves community projects with Art on the Pier and currently has an image on display in their Downland exhibiton. She made a giant necklace as part of the Light Festival, Worthing in 2019. She exhibits at some of the local art trails in the area during the summer months and has exhibited at Steyning, Adur, Worthing and Arundel where she loves to meet and engage with customers face to face.
She also has an on-line shop on this website and sales have mainly been through this during 2020.
Moving into 2021 Jane wants to spend time designing and creating a new silver collection and developing her skills by immersing herself into enamelling and painting with fire. She also wants to spend more time travelling and enjoying her grandchildren.