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Dorset Visual Arts is a not for profit organisation developing and promoting a variety of opportunities for artists, designers and makers across the spectrum of the visual arts to showcase and sell their work.

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Jane Burden

Textile and ceramics, wallhangings, artwork and installation

Connecting with a deep seam, whether it be ancient landscape, social history or emotions in turmoil, is what fires this maker’s work.
Strong farming and family ties connect her to Dorset, but she was born in the north country and brought up in the Forces: an example of the personal contraflows that seem to fuel her creative energy.
An idyllic foundation year at Bath Academy of Art was quickly replaced by three gritty design years in Leeds and days spent over a drawing board were relieved by spells in the ceramic and textile departments; two creative passions that she still tries to meaningfully combine.  Six years running a textile workshop in Dorset were followed by a year of hard study at Cambridge University, the subsequent decades of teaching providing a satisfying period of interactions.
Now, free to follow her own leads, Jane Burden explores emotions associated with a sense of place. A hanging in Dorset County Museum saw childhood angst escaping from a stack of encyclopaedias; a collection of old photographs being released from a leather storage case made a visiting probate solicitor cry. 
On discovering a connection to Sherborne House she recorded history as fine porcelain labels: structural details, locks and keys and abandoned schoolroom objects were cast from moulds and hung with new-found status.
A growing interest in exploring low-fired ceramics provoked new work that was more connected to the earth: local clays and pigments produced a successful series of sculptural bowls which perfectly caught the colours, textures and sensual folds of the ancient landscape. 
A permanent piece in Dorset County Hospital uses low-tech, efficient ceramic methods to turn 21 satellite photographs into a ‘girdle round the earth’, celebrating and wondering at our place in this new technological world.
More recently, with thoughts disturbed by a family health issue, her response was to work it through in a cathartic series of hangings called ‘Tangled Threads’. One piece in wrapped wool and burnished, smoked, clay won her overall winner at Ilminster Open; where her work was again described as ‘hitting a powerful punch’. 
Commissions and exhibitions have taken her to Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Contemporary Textile Gallery, London; Study Gallery, Poole; Sherborne House; Walford Mill Crafts; Dorset County Museum; DCH and Black Swan, Frome. She was a full member of Dorset Craft Guild, a founder of Cambridge Open Studios and is a longstanding DVA and WESCA member.


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