Jane Blackburn

My first pottery class was in Eastleigh, Hampshire about 30 years ago and I have been making pottery, on and off, ever since. When I moved back to Norwich in 1984, I attended pottery classes and found I much preferred hand modeling to the wheel. I eventually bought a hobby kiln so I could experiment at home and originally I hand built clocks decorating them with owls, mice, penguins etc and these sold well at craft fairs. However, for several years now I have been modeling wildlife including fish and some domestic animals such as pigs and dogs.

I find inspiration in animal and bird magazines, television wildlife programmes and through bird watching which I enjoy. I usually model each item from a solid piece of stoneware clay using either a coarse grogged body or a smoother clay, hollowing it out at leather hard stage. When the model is completely dry it is then 'biscuit' fired, following which it is coloured (I use mainly oxides and some matt glazes) and then finally fired at a much higher temperature. I try to capture the movement and expression of each subject without being too cute or twee. Being frost proof, my larger models of grebes and ducks can be placed outside.

I am a member of Anglian Potters, the Norfolk Craft Guild and The Blakeney Guild of Many Crafts.

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