Janine completed the Design Craft National Diploma at Bath City College in 2001 and continued her studies at Bath Spa University, gaining a first class honours degree in ceramics in 2008. She then joined the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen as an Associate Member in 2009 and now works from her studio in Bath.
Janine enjoys spending time in Museums, looking for the more unusual pieces and those which are less sophisticated and often charming and amusing. Her resultant work is a personal response to these museum pieces; Whilst not attempting to imitate them, she sensitively takes some formal details and basic shapes and translates them into her own language.
Janine's work is screen printed using oxides, mainly traditional cobalt blue, and hand built.
After the first firing, the pieces are glazed and re-fired. Then the magic happens, as the beautiful colours of the oxides shines through.
Most of her work is then finished with extravagant gold lustre.
As Janine explains, "My original print design is based on vintage "Sunday Best" tea sets and other domestic items from my personal surroundings, but overprinted so that much of the detail is obliterated leaving only a hint of the original design.
My next design was based on drawings made in Bath's Sydney Gardens. The pictures are drawings of the many decorative buildings and bridges which can be found there, with trees and plants inspired by the traditional willow pattern."
Janine's work never lasts long at the gallery, testament to it's appeal and fine construction.