I was brought up in a household where the family cat had its own place at the dinner table. My love of animals shows in my ceramics and design work as does my irrepressible sense of fun. I also employ anthropomorphism for humour and expression. Sheep make particularly good celebrities for example.
I have been a ceramic artist for over 25 years since leaving my work as a Chartered Surveyor and having my daughter. I moved to Cornwall in 2006 (some say whilst having a mid life crisis) and originally ran St Agnes Pottery before buying the pottery and gallery in St Just. I’m delighted that my daughter Kara is now not only the Assistant Director of this gallery adding her young person’s eye and superior organisational skills to my business, but has designed her own range of products under the title of Made by Mabel available on www.madebymabel.net and www.
I studied ceramics at Derby and Loughborough and then studied for an MA in History of Ceramics whilst running a gallery in Melbourne, Derbyshire before moving to Cornwall.
I love to portray the cat in all its guises and I also make dogs, hares, sheep, cows, birds, chickens, people and marine life of all kinds. All have wit and humour and often the pieces tell a story (or are some form of social comment).
Commissions are welcome and I particularly love to portray your dog, cat or other animal in my style to a budget of your choice.
The Jane Adams Gallery at 41 Fore Street, St Just in far West Cornwall has been established under that name since 2009 and has a permanent display of my work on show. My studio/pottery is located in a granite outbuilding in the garden behind the gallery and is sometimes open by appointment in the summer season I mostly work in a sandy, grogged stoneware clay and fire in a small electric kiln, but have recently embraced earthen ware again and am now producing a range of functional hand painted table ware which is for sale in the gallery.
I have also become fascinated by illustration and printmaking and have produced a range of ceramics featuring the linocuts and my illustrations. This is a process I first learned say 45 years ago and it is certainly good to see it make a comeback.
Trade enquiries from shops and galleries are welcome. Please contact me by email or telephone to register and receive your personal username and password with which to log in to the trade sections of the website.