Jane Muir studied ceramics for seven years achieving a first class BA (Hons) at Central St Martins School of Art and an MA at the Royal College of Art. On leaving the RCA in 1992 she took a three year post as artist in residence at a sixth form college. During this time her work was exhibited widely, notably in Ceramic Contemporaries, the V&A in 1993 and a solo show at the Molesey Gallery, Surrey, 1995. In 1997 she was awarded a Crafts Council Grant which helped in setting up her present studio in Peckham, London.
A commission for Bishop’s Stortford Library gave her an opportunity to work on a large scale. The work is based on the Magic Flute and is made up of two pieces; a figure of Papageno, the bird-catcher and a seven foot, wall-mounted tree, the escaped birds resting in the branches. All of Jane’s work is hand-built and hand-painted using stoneware glazes. Scale varies from small intimate pieces to large-scale garden sculptures.
Inspiration comes from various sources and has remained fairly consistent throughout her career. Fine artists such as Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi and Elizabeth Frink through to more traditional crafts such as the work of the Staffordshire Potters..
1966 Born, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
1985-87 Epsom School of Art and Design, Surrey
1987-90 Central School of Art and Design, London
1990-92 Royal College of Art, London
Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
First Prize, Plate Surface Design for Richard Ginori, Italy
Queen Mary/ William Atkinson Scholarship
First Prize, necklace design for The Royal Shakespeare Co.
2005, 08, 10, 15, 17, 19
Solo Show – Beaux Arts, Bath
Sarah Wiseman Gallery
Summer Collective, Cornwall Contemporary
Winter Collective, Group Show- Cornwall Contemporary
New Works for Christmas, Beaux Arts Bath
“Happy Clapham”, Pond Gallery, London
Chelsea Fine Art Fair, London Art London
“Mensen!”, Tegelen, Holland
White Gallery, Brighton
Crafts Council, London
“Exposition 6 Femmes”, Galerie Claude André, Brussels, Belgium
“New Faces”, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A
“Quirky Works”, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
Art ’97, Business Design Centre, London
“A Heavenly Christmas”, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A, London
Alex Gerrard Fine Art, Robertsbridge, Sussex
Rye Art Gallery, Sussex
Alex Gerrard Fine Art, Battle, Sussex
“Spring Greens”, Pam Schomberg Gallery, Colchester
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London
Solo Show- Molesey Gallery, Surrey
“In the Swim”, Oxford Gallery
“Ceramic Contemporaries”, V&A Museum, London
“One Year On”, South Bank Craft Shop and Gallery, London
“The New Generation”, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
“Interior Spaces”, Liberty, London
“Top Marks”, London Institute Gallery
Ceramic figure and a wall piece based on The Magic Flute commissioned by Bishop’s Stortford Library
Installation/exhibition for the Charleston Trust, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, E. Sussex
2004, Sept Ceramic Review
2003, May Ceramic Review
1996, Oct Antennae, World of Interiors.
1992, Spring Jane Lamacraft, Imagination at Liberty, Royal Academy Magazine, No. 34.