Jane Blackman

Jane Blackman’s work centres on the desire to create three-dimensional paintings.  She is particularly interested in the notion of remembered landscapes.  By using expressive brush strokes and mark making in slips, stains and under glazes she aims to convey the essence of a place in her painting. Her forms are the frames for the paintings which cover the internal surface of the pieces and reflect her response to one or several environments.  For Jane, the cup is an integral part of experiencing the landscape.  Going for a long walk always includes stopping for a cup of tea, on top of a mountain, on a windy beach or sheltering next to a dry stone wall.  It is a chance to take time to contemplate and absorb all aspects of the surroundings. Her forms have evolved, beginning as pinch pots made cupped in the palm of the hand and growing into pieces reminiscent of the cup of a flask or a chalice.

1997–1999 Royal College of Art, MA Ceramics and Glass
1995–1997 The City Lit, Diploma in Ceramics
1989–1980 University of Surrey, MSc Environmental Psychology
1984–1988 King’s College, London, BSc Nursing Studies

Commissions and Awards
1998-2006 Ceramic Sculptures, paintings and table centre pieces for Pied à Terre restaurant, London
1999 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
1999 Ceramic vessel for British Energy
1999 Eduardo Paolozzi, Travel Scholarship

2008 ‘New at the Ashgate’ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2008 Showcase, Craft and Design Centre, Leeds Art Gallery
2007 Christmas Exhibition, Lund Gallery, Easingwold
2007 ‘Artistic Inspiration’ Crafts Council at the V&A
2006 ‘Frames, Edges and Boundaries’, Lund Gallery, Easingwold
2005 'Shaping Space' Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
2004 'Teacher and Pupil’ Clay, Venice California
2004 Jane Blackman (Ceramics) and Kate Blee (Textiles) Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2003 Summer Exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2002 ‘Made in Britain’ Gumps, San Francisco
2002 Focus, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2002 Bishop Phillpotts Gallery, Truro
2001 ‘Landscape in Ceramics’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 ‘New Faces’, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A
2001 Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2000 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London

The Peters Foundation
The Mint Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina
The Mead Gallery, University of Warwick





Search the site