Meaningfully combined ceramic and textile
By combining smoke-fired, hand-built ceramics, pressed porcelain casts and colourful textile threads, Jane Burden produces highly crafted, reflective work that connects to themes of ancient landscape, social history and human emotion. Her most recent project, the cathartic Tangled Threads series, explores on a number of different levels the tensions between calm and chaos, order and confusion. Considered use of materials and techniques bring together beautifully hand-cut and burnished thread ‘cards’, which are individually stamped, smoke-fired and wrapped in dyed yarns. The careful arrangements of smoke tones and subtle coloured threads allow for powerful communication through a unique medium. She works from her studio in West Dorset where she is connected to land and sea, is an active member of the Dorset Makers group; won the Ilminster Open prize and has a permanent piece installed at Dorset County Hospital. A long standing member of Dorset Visual Arts and Wessex Contemporary Artists, she exhibits regularly. Previous shows include: Contemporary Textiles Gallery, London; Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge; Wysing Arts, Cambs; The Study Gallery, Poole; Sherborne House; Durleston Park & Walford Mill, Dorset; Dorset County Museum.