Having worked with clay for more than twenty five years, Jan Phelan's porcelain stoneware, and earthenware works can be found at the residence of the Governor General of Canada: have been presented to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of England, and are included in the collections of the Bronfmans, Reichmans, and jazz musician Dr. Oscar Peterson.
Each piece and all processes are done by hand and entirely by Jan Phelan, from the original design, through to the last luster firing. Each piece is carefully drawn onto and cut into with a small blade while the clay is still soft. Stains, oxides, glazes, and lusters are applied in layers and fired many times to achieve depth and a rich, vibrant variation of colour. Each piece hass 22K gold painted and permanently fired onto it.
Jan attended the Ontario College of Art 1966-1970, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and carries on studies and the teaching of her craft. The magic, music, and beauty of nature are her inspiration.
“I used to love getting up early enough to see the sun sparkling on the dewy fields and wildflowers, so I would say inspiration comes from Mother Nature in all her complex and beautiful ways.
It is important for me to be unique, and luckily, I seem to have carved out a niche that no one else has been able to follow very well, probably because the loss rate is pretty high.
I hope that I can continue to be creative and to grow, experiment, and change for as long as I live. Artists aren’t able to just stop working, are they? It is who you are not just what you do.”