Janie Ramsay

Devon Guild of Craftsmen. 

Westcountry Potters Association.

Graduating with a degree in Ceramics and Glass in 1978, Janie also studied Turkish Ceramics in Istanbul in 1980-81, travelling into Anatolia to discover its awe inspiring ceramics and antique treasures in mosques and museums, and visiting provincial towns and villages to discover the life and culture of this complex and vibrant country. Janie then went on to work as an Archaeological draftsperson, based in Dover Museum in Kent, drawing Roman and Medieval ceramics collections for reports and records.

Janie set up her first ceramic studio in Kent in 1995, supplying galleries in London and the South East. Moving to Devon in 1999, she became inspired by the local landscapes and started to work on figurative and sculptural pieces.  She has exhibited widely across the South west and UK. Having lived and worked in Devon for the last 21 years, Jane now works from her studio in Okehampton. She makes hand built stoneware pottery, drawing inspiration from the local moorland landscape and the human form and face.

Her stoneware pieces are built using a variety of hand building methods, coiling, slabbing, pinching, carving and hollowing and using a Scarva white hand building body in the main. They are then decorated with coloured slip (wet clay coloured with body stains and oxides) and then bisque fired to approx. 960 degrees. Janie decorates the pieces using a wax resist building up the layers and lines.  The work is fired as many as four times to achieve the decorative effect and texture. The pieces are then taken to approx 1180 degrees in the final firing.  To achieve a soft sheen the work is finally polished with beeswax polish and can be re polished when necessary.  Jugs, vessels, bowls and Jars have interior glazes for practical and domestic use

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