About the Artist: Jane Murray-Smith

Jane Murray-Smith is a lifetime British Columbia resident and a lover of the west coast. She was born in Kamloops B.C. and graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 1972.

While employed at various jobs within the Helping Professions, she worked in watercolour and life drawing. As much as she loved watercolour, the call for more texture in the surfaces led eventually to clay. Jane took her first course in clay at the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op in 1990, and became hooked on the magic mud. Further studies included courses at the Arrowsmith Potters Guild and at the Metchosin Summer School of the Arts.

In June of 2002 she quit her 'day job' as a rehabilitation worker in the field of acquired brain injury in order to pursue pottery full time. This leap of faith was accompanied by a fear that she would run out of ideas. This has not been the case and there continues to be more ideas than time. She currently works in Raku, as well as electric, gas and wood fired stoneware. Her work is eclectic, as the exploration of new forms and techniques is the core of her inspiration. The Raku masks give her a great deal of satisfaction as they seem to simply create themselves.

She and her partner, glass artist Christopher Smith, live and work at their home just north of Lantzville on Vancouver Island, where their work can be seen in their own gallery. Jane is also a member of three pottery guilds on the Island and a partner with 4 other Island Potters in Pyromania Pottery, a gallery in Coombs.