'For me, the vessel, a space-containing hollow form, offers the richest language for working in clay. Its conceptual simplicity allows readings which allude to our most distant cultural pasts, and to the state of being human. Its limitations are those for which the potter's tools are designed; it is a familiar scenario within which to work. Thus it becomes necessary to subvert working and the work in some way, to push the boundaries in order to attempt discovery of new or hidden qualities of this profoundly significant, yet ordinary object. The apparent fragility and age of these vessels tempers their insistent sense of function, function that we understand rests on implicit but radical contradictions. The cracks in a bottle form, which deny it the function of containing a liquid, produce a deliberate uncertainty about what constitutes a vessel. The insistent reminder of age and wear, as if the pieces had somehow been weathered and eroded over geological and archaeological timescales, evokes a sense of history and of humanity.'
'My slab built pots have stoneware clay bodies with added coarse grog, sand, quartz and feldspar granules, and are reduction fired to 1260-1300 C with gas. Layers of oxide, slip, and chun glaze produces the textured surface which both reflects and absorbs light and refracts it where the chun gathers into thick runs full of miniscule bubbles.'
Jane Wheeler lives in Norfolk where she was born and raised. After studying ceramics at Bath Academy of Art she enjoyed international success designing exquisite knitwear from 1972 returning to ceramics in 2003. Drawing inspiration from the saltmarshes and beaches of the beautiful Norfolk coastline her work has an organic textural quality.