JANE KELLY - Mrs
Raised in New Zealand and London, I trained as a potter at Wimbledon, Norwich and Medway Colleges of Art under Tony Gant, David White, Colin Metcalfe, Peter Phillips, Siddig el Ngoumi and others. Within a few years of moving north to Portobello with my growing Scots family, I established a studio pottery in the centre of Penicuik.
In Edinburgh in the mid seventies I first set up pottery classes for adults at Cannonball House and taught there and at Infirmary Street for thirty years; Sadly in many schools and art colleges the teaching of pottery has been brought to an end, and indigenous pottery manufacture becomes rarer. I want to reverse that trend.
Enthusiasm among lovers of craft pottery is strong in Scotland and New Zealand. I run annual summer schools and taster classes at my Valleyfield House studio in Penicuik. I exhibit each November at Penicuik Arts Centre and have shown with Scottish Potters at Aberdeen, Aberfeldy, Banchory, Broughton, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Nairn, Stirling, Perth, Alloa, Milngavie and West Kilbride.
I concentrate on thrown pots: useful wares like jugs, teapots, mugs, cups, plates and bowls. I like to experiment with glazes making them from scratch and often using locally dug materials.
Some unusual commissions include Dalhousie Castle Hotel, the Traverse Theatre, the Royal Botanic Garden’s Wych Elm Project and for Tom Kitchin's cookbook.
I have been Exhibitions co-ordinator and Chairman of the Scottish Potters Association
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