Jan trained in Art and Design at Prahran College of Advanced Education under the guidance of Harry Memmott. After graduating in 1978, she established a home studio at Glen Iris and within two years of graduating moved to Swan Hill to run the Castle Donnington Pottery at the historic Pioneer Settlement.
Jan completed further studies in 1993. She studied at Outer Eastern TAFE, further developing her interest in glazing under the influence of Kevin Boyd. She gained the prize of “Best Graduating Student” for her work.
In 1996 Jan became a member of the Stonehouse Gallery at Warrandyte, where she currently maintains her membership as a hands-on director, selling her own work as well as that of leading potters and craft workers.
Jan was a founding member of the Eastern Studio Potters and spent many years teaching at the Mitcham Arts Association and the Whitehorse Arts Centre. She was also involved as an artist in residence with two local schools, the outcomes being two large-scale wall murals.
“After spending 5 years in the Mallee region, I still find the richness of colour in the Australian countryside inspiring. The textural and tonal qualities of the soil and scrub made a strong impression which is reflected in my work.”
Jan’s work includes wheel-thrown items as well as hand-formed pieces and small sculptures.
She has exhibited at the Swan Hill Regional Gallery, the Meat Market, Makers Mark at Sandringham, Mitcham Arts, Wyreena Gallery and in several local exhibitions.