Since first trying the technique of enamelling on silver in 1974, Jane has been fascinated by the potential range, richness and subtlety of colour that it is possible to achieve using enamels. Her work is a constant exploration of this medium, sometimes using bold strong colours, and sometimes softer, delicate colour combinations.
Enamel can be a very descriptive technique, and some of Jane’s work is based on close observation of the natural world. Other work is more abstract, loosely based on observations of colour and pattern, or sometimes the starting point is the colour itself, the depth and richness of a blue, or the pale frosty subtlety of a soft white opalescent enamel.
The various techniques of enamelling also have different visual possibilities, the potential delicacy or boldness of a cloisonné wire line, or the added reflective depth and detail in the engraved metal surface under a piece of champlêvé enamel. This range of interplay of colour, effect, and pattern is all part of her fascination with enamel.
The simple forms which carry the enamel are also an important part of the creative process as a canvas for the more decorative enamel, – the shape and form of the piece, and the shape, pattern, line and colour of the enamel working together to enhance each other.
Trained in jewellery design at the Central School of Art and Design and silversmithing at the Royal College of Art, Jane has work in several collections including the V&A, the Fitzwilliam and Ashmolean Museums, the Queens Collection, and the Goldsmiths’ Collection. She is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and currently lives and works in Brighton.