Jane Johnson | Artists | Seed

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Jane Johnson

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 Johnson: Artist of the Month

Products

Bold King Figurine

Bold King Figurine

A real regal figurine. This king is sure to capture your imagination and have you wondering which kingdom he comes from.

£65.00

Figurine With Gold Halo

Figurine With Gold Halo

Seemingly stepped right of the page of a story, this characterful figurine from Jane Johnson has a personality all of its own.

£65.00

Heart birds Sculpture

Heart birds Sculpture

This wonderful ceramic sculpture is made by talented artist Jane Johnson. The two ceramic love birds and red heart are encased in a ceramic frame . Due to nature of the individuality of the piece, each one will differ slightly.

£39.60

Love Heart Wall Hanging

Love Heart Wall Hanging

We love this beautiful ceramic Love Heart wall hanging made by talented artist Jane Johnson. Due to nature of the individuality of the piece, each one will differ slightly in size .

£55.00

Love wall hanging

Love wall hanging

We love this beautiful ceramic Love wall hanging made by talented artist Jane Johnson. Due to nature of the individuality of the piece, each one will differ slightly in size .

£55.00

Owl & and the Pussy-Cat Wall Hanging

Owl & and the Pussy-Cat Wall Hanging

'The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, In a beautiful pea green boat....' We love this beautiful ceramic wall hanging made by the talented artist Jane Johnson. Each wall hanging is made with a ceramic owl & pussycat attached to a genuine artists paint brush.

£37.40

Paper Wings Figurine

Paper Wings Figurine

A characterful figurine with four paper wings extending from the shoulders by Jane Johnson.

£65.00

Sheep Single Plinth Sculpture

Sheep Single Plinth Sculpture

Inspired by her love of the outdoors Jane Johnson creates beautiful folk art style sculptures. This lovely handmade sheep sculpture features a ceramic sheep with wire legs mounted on a ceramic plinth. We love this beautiful piece of art adding humour and charm to any interior.

£26.40

Slim King Figurine

Slim King Figurine

Another fantastic regal figurine from Jane Johnson. This figurine features a haughty expression and a large golden crown.

£65.00

Touch Me Heart wall hanging

Touch Me Heart wall hanging

We love this beautiful ceramic 'Touch Me' Heart wall hanging made by talented artist Jane Johnson. Due to nature of the individuality of the piece, each one will differ slightly in size .

£37.40

Woods Large Wooden Sculpture

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.

£33.00