Hi my name is Jane McEwen. I have recently graduated from a Contemporary Craft degree at Plymouth College of Art, specialising in ceramics. I started the degree as a mature student of 50. Previously I had facilitated art activities for both terminally ill patients and also dementia sufferers. I think it was realising that you never know what life has in store for you that gave me the push to go back into education.
Ceramics has given me the opportunity to express myself so succinctly in a creative sense. The mandala work that I produce is almost a meditative process for me, this work is produced by using Sgraffito (scratching through the coloured surface of underglaze to show the clay body below). I work spontaneously and each piece is totally unique. My hope is that the pattern will intrigue the viewer, giving them a moment to slow down and absorb themselves within the object.
My pieces are either hand-built or slipcast in white earthenware, which I feel shows off the colours I apply beautifully.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.