Jane White MSDC
As soon as Jane discovered the process of pit firing she knew that it was a way of working that she strongly identified with, and felt that she had found her creative direction. Jane is excited by its endless possibilities, by the fact that the pieces seem to have been created by nature itself, by the organic material, the seaweed, and the element of fire, with its power to transform the surface of the clay into a myriad of different patterns and colours.
The technique is a marriage between the artist and chance, experimentation and observation, where discovery becomes as significant as invention, and failures should be seen as just part of the process of learning. Each piece that is unearthed from the ashes is totally unique and she is inspired and intrigued by the fact that the beauty of nature itself seems have been encapsulated into the work when the elements interact. Consequently Jane is constantly striving to create forms that mirror the simplicity and balance evident all around us in the natural world, so that surface and form become seamlessly unified, as in nature.
In her life Jane enjoys taking risks and chances, going on long journeys of discovery, and travelling to places where few people venture. By working in this way she is able to find the same challenges and adventure in her creative life, and hopes that her work conveys and retains the excitement and enthusiasm she feels when making it.
2005 – 2008 Bucks New University BA (Hons) Ceramics with Glass (2:1) Dissertation – (73% – 1st) – Copy now held in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and Oxford University’s Sackville Library
2000 – 2002 The Henley College, Henley-on-Thames AS/A Level Ceramics (Aa)
2008 – date On the committee of West Forest Potters and responsible for Speaker Bookings – 8 speakers/year
1999 – 2000 Artist in Residence, Watlington Primary School, Oxon Worked with all the children in the school to create a relief tile panel (8ft X 4ft) to mark 125 years of the school and the opening of a new school by the Education Secretary, David Blunkett, in the Millennium year
1997 – 1999 The Douglas Watson Studio, Henley-on-Thames Worked in a team of 4 assisting in all aspects of running a busy tile making and hand-painting studio, selling to prestigious outlets such as ‘Paris Ceramics.’
Full Member of The Society of Designer Craftsmensociety-of-designer-craftsmen
Craft Potters Association (Associate)
West Forest Potters
June 2008 Bucks New University Degree Show
July 2008 New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
December 2008 The Graduate Show, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
May 2009 Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley-on-Thames
Nov 2009 Lecture and Powerpoint to 200 students at Bucks New University on ‘Starting up in a Craft Business’
June 2010 West Forest Potters Annual Exhibition
October 2010 CPA Oxford Ceramics Fair
December 2010 ‘Raku and Beyond’, ‘Christmas at Bevere’, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
January 2011 21st Anniversary Designer Crafts at the Mall
Feb 2011 Lecture and Demonstration to West Forest Potters
May 2011 Henley Arts Trail – Exhibiting at the Henley Rugby Club as part of the West Forest Potters Exhibition
July 2011 Organised and taught a 2 day Pit-firing Workshop at my studio for 8 students
September 2011 Lecture and Demonstration to Buckinghamshire Pottery and Sculpture Society
October 2011 The Reading Art Exhibition
January 2012 Designer Crafts at the Mall 2012
May 2012 Exhibition – ‘Artspace,’ Barn Galleries, Henley-on-Thames,
Oxford Artweeks Open Studio, West Forest Potters Annual Exhibition,Henley & W Wallingford Arts Trail
June 2012 ‘The Art of Craftsmanship’ Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire (National Trust) A 2-day demonstration by selected members of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
August 2012 Showing with ‘Informed Design’ at the Chilterns Craft and Design Show, Stonor Park, Oxfordshire
August 11th – November 4th 2012 ‘Forget Ordinary’ The Lovers Lights Gallery, Twickenham Green, London
November 2012 ‘Handmade in Britain 12’, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3
January 2013 Designer Crafts at the Mall 2013, Mall Galleries, London SW1
July 2013 Henley Festival of Music and Arts – The Riverside Gallery
August 2013 Chilterns Craft and Design Show, Informed Design Marquee, Stonor Park, Oxfordshire
November 2013 Greenstede Gallery, ‘Moths and More,’ Chequermead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, Surrey
March 23rd 2014 Decorfest Interior Design Show, Wimbledon, London
July 17th – 20th 2014 Art in Action 2014 – Demonstrator in the main Ceramics Marquee at Waterperry House, Oxford
September 2014 Started teaching privately from the studio
October 4th – November 8th 2014 ‘Fields and Flames’ A solo ceramics exhibition, with photography based pictures by Seb Piper, and the opening exhibition at the Golden Hare Gallery, Ampthill, Beds
November 14th – 16th 2014 Handmade in Britain 14, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
January 8th – 17th 2015 The 25th Designer Crafts at The Mall Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London SW1 – Exhibiting in the Main Gallery and in The Shop within the Show
January 21st – 24th 2015 Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol
In collaboration with Modern Art Oxford – 4 days of ‘hands-on’ workshop sessions, where members of the public engage with clay to create simple but beautiful objects, reflecting Morris’s ideal that you must ‘Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.’ Also demonstrations of my workshop practice and a continuous showing of the film I made of the the whole making and pit firing process. Also a small exhibition of a selection of my work.
July 16th – 19th 2015 Art in Action 2015, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
October 2015 Elle Decoration Magazine My work was selected to
showcase the Handmade at Kew Show – ‘Our Pick’
October 8th – 11th 2015 Handmade at Kew 2015, Kew Gardens, London
July/August 2016 Ceramic Review ‘Masterclass with Jane White’
July 14th – 17th 2016 Art in Action 2016, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
September 2016 Now teaching 2 days a week in the studio
September 16th – 30th 2016 Golden Hare Gallery, ‘Playing with Fire,’ Ampthill, Bedfordshire
January 15th – 17th 2017 Top Drawer, Craft, Olympia, London
February 2017 My work was featured on The Great Pottery Throw Down for the ‘Perfect,Perfect’ section on the Pit-Firing Episode, and also showcased in photos in the accompanying book p.’s 96-100 with technical information which I provided.
September 2016 – September 2018 Researching and writing a book, Alan Caiger-Smith and the Aldermaston Legacy, in association with Professor Timothy Wilson, and to be published by Ashmolean Museum Publications.
December 2018 - Book Launch of my book Alan Caiger-Smith and the Legacy of the Aldermaston Pottery. To coincide with the book launch I gave an illustrated talk to over 200 people at the Ashmolean Museum, alongside Alan Caiger-Smith and Professor Timothy Wilson.
July 2019 - 'Celebrating Ceramics' Show at Waterperry House, Oxford
September - December 2019 - My work is being shown at Waterperry Gallery, Oxford
Sptemeber - December 2019 - 'New Work' at Golden Hare Gallery, Maulden, Bedfordshire
November 2019 - My terracotta plant markers were featured on the front cover of November's Country Living magazine, and also photos of them were featured 4 times on the inside pages.