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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.