Jane Charles

Jane Charles

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Date Of Birth – 22 February 1961

Place Of Birth – Edinburgh, Scotland

In 1980, Jane Charles went to the North Staffordshire Polytechnic to study Ceramics. She loved the material but being of an impatient nature she was getting frustrated with the length of time that the process took. Next door was the studio glass workshop. It was a hot noisy and an exciting place to be, but most importantly the process was immediate. A piece could be made one day and got out of the kiln the following day to start cold working on.

Jane tried to fight her growing interest in the medium but eventually had to give in. Here began her affair with hot glass. The techniques were hard to learn and at times it seemed an impossible task to acquire the enough technical skills not to inhibit her creativity but not to become so bogged down in technique that the work would become static and lifeless. Jane loved the energy of glass.

On finishing her degree, she went to the heart of the British glass industry, Dudley near Stourbridge in the Midlands. Here she did a traditional course on glass making which gave her her own skills that she needed to really start making her own work.

In 1984, Jane had finished her education and knew she wanted her own studio but she had no experience so she spent the next three years working in as many studios around the country that she could. This was invaluable as life is very different outside the safety of college.

By 1987, Jane felt ready to go it alone and she established Jane Charles Studio Glass – originally set up in Edinburgh. Jane raised the capital to buy her cold working equipment and came down to Newcastle to make blanks one week per month. Eventually, it made sense to move lock stock and barrel to Newcastle and have her cold working studio next to the facilities she hired.

In July 1996, Jane moved to a larger studio in the same building and installed her first furnace finally making her totally self sufficient .

In February 2011, Jane moved studios again and in April 2011 she opened my first glass gallery in the centre of Newcastle.

Education
1979: Foundation Art, Jacob Kramer College of Art, Leeds
1980: BA (Hons) Multi-disciplinary Art & Design specialising in glass, North Staffordshire Polytechnic. First student representative on British Artists in Glass Committee.
1983: Glass techniques and technology, Dudley, West Midlands.

Employment

Stuart Crystal
Strawberry Farm Glassworks, Jersey
Lindeanmill Glass, Falkirk
Edinburgh Glassworks
Barry Cullen Glass, London
Anthony Stern Glass, London

History

1987 Established Jane Charles Studio Glass, Edinburgh.
1990 Transferred business to Newcastle-On-Tyne.
1996 Established new studio.
2011 Due to the demolition of Whitehouse Enterprise Centre moved Studio to Newburn Haugh Industrial Estate.
2011 Opened Chapter House Glass Gallery

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Sold Items by Jane Charles

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