Jane Kennington is a local based artist living in Whanganui amongst beautiful and inspiring surroundings, with many trees, birds and gardens; these manifest through into her making. Her work is very feminine, with a lot of her pieces featuring illustrations of flora and fauna, as well as delicate drawings of women.
Jane mentions she has a background in a Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in sculpture and wood from Nelson, as you can see in the sculptural way she constructs her work. Showing process in making is important to Jane, you can see the organic way she carves the clay like a chisel to wood from a leather hard solid block, reducing it until the clay takes form and then hollows it out for the firing. All her pieces are one offs and you can see the movement of the artist's fingers, or the use of tools to form the object.
Jane says that drawing and mark making is very important to her process of examination and discovery. She likes to make pieces that people can use everyday because she believes it to be very satisfying to use a handmade object.
Jane's ceramics are exclusive to the Tree Gallery and we are excited to bring them to you!