A contour, a curve - the lie of the land
For Jayne, images seem to amalgamate in the memory, get mixed up with imagination and process themselves again in three dimensions. They come from holiday visits to the Welsh and Cornish coasts during childhood and since, where cliffs, caves, rocks, pools, sand (wet and dry), hills and mountains have been endlessly explored.
Jayne draws the shapes which are in her head but she finds there is not enough information so has to make them in three dimensions to discover how they work.
Using chisels, rasps and rifflers, Jayne carves a durable plaster called Crystacal into individual forms inspired by geographical features in the landscape. She loves using the curves of the land or coast to describe the forms, while the patterns and textures of geological strata, water, sand and rocks provide inspiration for the pencil drawing she sometimes uses to emphasise an area within them.
Jayne first used plaster while making moulds for her sculptural, slipcast vessels in the final year of her ceramics degree course at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham in 1980.
On setting up her own studio she realised that carving the models was more satisfying and immediate than casting and firing clay which is sometimes unpredictable.
After experimenting with carving soapstone and sandstone, Jayne settled on plaster as she enjoyed the smooth, silky finish which could be achieved without having to compromise on form which sometimes happens when carving stone due to natural fissures and flaws. The surface could also be controlled by adding line and/or colour which allows the combination of 3D forms and drawing.
Jayne has been making her current collection of "Land vessels" for the last five years, taking inspiration not only from the landscape and geology but also nautical instruments and maps, such as 19th century travel globes which have leather hemisphere shaped cases enclosing a small globe; thus being domed vessels for holding the miniature earth.
Photo credits: Deborah Husk
Wind blown Crystacal 24 x 19 x 6 cm SOLD
Coastal Crystacal 12x12x7 cm SOLD
Oscillation Crystacal 15x15x8 cm
Inclined path Crystacal 18x18x14 cm SOLD
Converging valleys Crystacal 16x16x8 cm SOLD
Edge Crystacal 20x20x9 cm SOLD
Frost hollow Crystacal 38x19 cm SOLD
Narrow path Crystacal 17x17x9 cm SOLD
Landfold Crystacal 25x25x12 cm SOLD
Rock form Crystacal, pencil drawing 14x22x18 cm SOLD
River valley Crystacal 13x13x10 cm
Wind hollow Crystacal 12x12x8 cm SOLD
Sinkhole Crystacal 17x17x8 cm SOLD
Lava flow Crystacal SOLD
Mountain sail Crystacal plaster
Peaks view Crystacal plaster, pencil drawing
Scree Crystacal plaster, pencil drawing SOLD
Mountain ark Crystacal plaster, pencil drawing
Lake view Crystacal plaster
Horned peak Crystacal plaster SOLD