Jane Fallis graduated in 1998 from the University of Ulster, Belfast, where she specialised in hand-coiled vessels. Her work, then and now, is informed by her study of creation mythology and the spiritual importance ascribed to clay by various cultures throughout history.
Since graduation Jane has been involved in, and committed to, art education in her native Fermanagh and has, in recent years, returned in earnest to her ceramic practice.
“I work with the coil-building method, a slow and meditative process that celebrates the relationship between maker and material. This method is the most intimate of the building processes and allows me to honour the origins of this organic and timeless material. I was first inspired by the work of Lucy M Lewis; I felt an affinity for her respect of cultural traditions and the natural world. I was struck by how the Pueblo potter’s use of pattern seemed to help exaggerate and enhance the form of the vessel; exploring the relationship between surface and form continues to be a key focus in my work. I seek to find a harmony between these two elements. Other notable influences to my work are Bridget Reilly, Aboriginal Painting, Elizabeth Fritsch and Magdelene Odundo."
Jane exploits the aesthetic and sculptural potential of a traditionally functional form. The vessel holds great significance for her, from Bronze Age burial urns, Ancient Egyptian canopic jars to Pueblo Pottery which all held a sacred role. She is intrigued by the concept of containment; which also encompasses the less tangible essence of emotion and memories that run in tandem with the creative process she undertakes.
Playing with colour - the aesthetic exploration of colour in surface decoration and the consequent emotional effects experienced with each vessel she creates, has evolved into a more vivid and positive phase in her artistic practice.