Saturday, January 21, 2012

Update

Sorry that it's been some time since I have updated my blogger blog, I am not too good with all this social media stuff, too busy enjoying working with clay. I have had a great 2011, moved studio, employed two staff and increased sales. One of my 2012 New Years resolutions is to try an update blog so that my customers and followers know what I am up to. To help make this simple I have consolidated my website blog, Blogger blog and facebook onto a new Jane James coastal ceramics facebook page, see link on this page. I promise to try and keep updated, so if you want to see what I have been up to follw me on facebook.

All the best for 2012

Jane

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Large Bait Ball

I have just finished a commission for a very large bait ball. I couldn't find a piece of driftwood large enough so I commissioned Jersey Oak to machine a 1m square piece of oak using two tree slices to retain a bark edge on all four sides.



I then hand made over 400 ceramic fish to create the bait ball. Each fish was given a different glaze and different scales. It took hours placing them in diffrent positions until I was finally happy with the result and I could glue them all on. This is the largest bait ball I have made to date and I am really pleased with it. It's home will be a lovely Jersey granite house by the sea, so I just hope my client likes it!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Feature on BBC Radio Jersey

I spent this morning with Chris Stone, a BBC Radio Jersey presenter recording a feature for his afternoon show about local artists in Jersey. Chris first joined me driftwood hunting at Le Braye, St Ouen with my dog Pip. Chris interviewed me and recorded the sounds of the beach. Once we had collected a bag full of driftwood we headed back to my studio at the Workshop in St Ouen.


We then went back to my studio to make some ceramic fish and to discuss the making process. Fortunately he was wasn't very good at making fish! You can judge for yourself, here is a photo of mine and his.



You can view more photographs of his visit to my studio at http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/jersey/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9373000/9373446.stm


The feature was broadcast in three sections during his afternoon show on the 25th Jan. You can listen to this broadcast again on Jersey Radio's BBCiPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00d6gx0/ . The programme is 165 minutes, my feature is broadcast at 10.00 - 15.00 minutes, 1hr 06 - 1hr 13 minutes and the last piece at 2hrs 06 - 2hrs 15 minutes.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hard at Work

I can't believe it is the autumn already. When I look at my last blog the sun was out and we were enjoying the delights of St Malo. The last month has been very hectic. We had the official studio opening on the 10th September, which was very well attended. We have been sponsored by the Jersey Arts Trust and we were featured in the Gallery Magazine.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been busy completing a corporate order for an International Bank who have commissioned me to produce gifts for a conference they are holding in Jersey. I provided some larger pieces for the speakers and I had to make 110 individual pieces for all the conference delegates. They asked for 50% of them to be fish and the other 50% to be beach huts. Everyone had to be individually hand cut, glazed and mounted on driftwood!!!

















Sunday, August 15, 2010

Trip to St Malo


I recently went on a day trip to St Malo, it is only an hours ferry ride from Jersey. St Malo is the most visited place in Brittany. Its main attraction is the amazing walled Citadel. This is surround by magnificent beaches. I couldn’t believe my eyes we I saw the wooden groyne sea defences. It is like a forest of driftwood, if only I could fit one on the ferry!!!!

Genuine Jersey in St Helier

Last weekend, it was my turn to have a stall right in the middle of St Helier High Street. One Genuine Jersey stall is allowed to set up every Saturday to help promote and support locally produced crafts.

I made an extra effort to dress the stall and borrowed some the Genuine Jersey promotion banners and bunting. The pitch was located in a prime spot next to Hamon's on King Street. This week is particualary busy because it is Battle of the Flowers week. this is Jersey's premier tourist attraction and attracts over 15,000 visitors. see http://www.battleofflowers.com/section/3/index.html for more info.

I was extremely busy and it was a good opportunity to meet new customers both tourists and locals.

Monday, August 2, 2010

1970 VW Camper Van

I have recently taken delivery of my new work van, a 1970 VW Bay Window Camper Van, called Ruby. She has been lovingly restored to her original condition. She will be great for taking all my ceramics to craft shows/markets and she is also great fun to use. We spent a lovely weekend at St Ouens watching the sunset. Its a hard life!!!!