Wednesday 13 March 2019, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School
Jan has been working with clay for more than 20 years starting in adult education, but says she is mainly self taught. Jan’s work largely involves using a ‘Raku’ process of firing , a technique evolving in Japan. The pieces have a second firing in an outdoor kiln heated to 1000 degrees centigrade and whilst still glowing red hot removed individually with long metal tongs and placed in a container with combustible materials such as leaves and sawdust. Once cleaned the finished pieces have a characteristic lustrous or crackled surface where glazed and smoky black where not. Each item is individually made and no two identical.