Jane was brought up in the Devonshire countryside, surrounded by a softly folded landscape, abundant and bountiful flora, veteran trees, blunted cob farmhouses with thatched roofs and farmers who spoke using old words in strong local dialect. The house she was brought up in was filled with antiques and home made things and from an early age she learned to recognize the importance and worth of unconventional or peculiar qualities embedded in an object.
The language of ceramics itself offers qualities that appeal to her, each with their own meaning. She uses red earthenware, cheap, honest, unpretentious and informal and adds paper and coarse grog. Jane likes the shortness it gives the clay, like pastry, and the lumpiness, uneven texture and imperfections seem appropriate. Naked, this clay body is recognized and familiar: flower pots, bricks, kitchen crockery and antiquity may spring to mind, there is a certain comfort zone surrounding it, clothed with grubby white slip that cracks and crazes like old sun-baked paint, there is a depth and porous warmth to the work that invites touch.
The use of oxide washes articulates the figurative forms, reveals the detail and blemishes and imparts something akin to drawing to the piece. She often uses gold and other lustres in small amounts; visually this draws attention to certain details as key elements, but it also draws attention away from certain strategic components, which is all part of orchestrating the element of surprise. There are mythological and decorative connotations that can be evoked through the use of lusters. Those associations with value and opulence connected with precious metals can be useful signifying tools in the deciphering of a piece but they also present a ‘golden’ opportunity for subversion.Jane Scott: Artist of the Month
Woods Large Wooden Sculpture
Woods is a small scale, ceramic and mixed media sculpture by Jane Johnson .Driven by a fascination with the countryside, Jane creates inspirational material with influences from mythological stories from around the world.