Jane Wheeler

Rainy Day Moon Clematis Impression

22 x 22cm



Spring Rain Clematis  Winged Bottle

25 x 20cm



Rainy Day Clematis

21 x 22cm



Spring Rain Carved Stitch Bottle

16 x 11cm




Spring Rain 5 Bidori Bottle

20 x 15cm



Rainy Day Clematis Bottle

16 x 11cm



Lunan Water
21 x 21cm



Lying Coiled Bottle
17 x 26cm



Rainy Day Impression Bottle II
16 x 11cm


Clematis Stem Bottle

23 x 22cm




Clematis Stem Bottle

24 x 22cm


Carved Stitches with Combed Circles on Pearly Chun Glaze

23 x 25cm



Spring Rain Clematis Winged Bottle




Carved Stitches on Spring Rain Bottle

41 x 24cm



Spring Rain Clematis Winged Bottle

15 x 15cm




Large Black Ice Listening Pod

49 x 29cm



Large Black Ice Meander Flagon

55 x 42cm



Melting Ice Meander Listening Pod

50 x 23cm



Rainy Day Clematis Impression Bottle

21 x 22cm



Rainy Day Clematis Impression Bottle

34 x 16cm



Black Ice Bottle

16 x 11cm


Rainy Day Impression Bottle I
17 x 11cm



Clematis Spring Rain Bottle

24 x 25cm


Carved Stitches on Black Ice Bottle

15 x 11cm



Chalk Beach Shoulder Bottle,

52 x 28cm



Large Black Ice Flagon (2)

53 x 38cm



Spring Rain Bottle

with Clematis Stems (5)

48 x 21cm



Spring Rain Impressed Bottle with Bidori Drops




Spring Rain Oak Leaf Bottle (8)

20 x 16cm

Tall Frozen Snow Flagon (1)

51 x 22cm


Spring Rain Bottle Oak Stem and Acorns (9)

16 x 12cm


Spring Rain Bottle (3)

30 x 23cm

Spring Rain Bottle (6)

26 x 19cm


Jane Wheeler was born and raised in Norfolk. Following studies in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, she enjoyed a successful career designing hand-knit sweaters. She returned to ceramics in 2003.


For Jane, the vessel is a space-containing hollow form that offers the richest language for working in clay. Its conceptual simplicity allows readings which allude to our most distant cultural pasts, and to the state of being human. Its limitations are those for which the potter's tools and equipment are designed; it is a familiar scenario within which to work. Thus, it becomes necessary for Jane Wheeler to make working and the work uncomfortable in some way, to push the boundaries in order to attempt discovery of new or hidden qualities of this profoundly significant, yet ordinary object.


The apparent fragility and age of these vessels tempers their insistent sense of function, a function that we understand rests on implicit but radical contradictions.  The cracks in a bottle form which deny it the possibility of containing a liquid produce a deliberate uncertainty about what constitutes a vessel. The appearance of age and wear, as if the pieces had somehow been weathered and eroded over geological and archaeological timescales, evokes a sense of history and of humanity.


Jane's vessels are made of stoneware clay bodies with added coarse grog, sand, quartz and feldspar granules. reduction fired to 1260-1300 º C with gas. Layers of oxide, slip, and chun glaze producing the textured surface which both reflects and absorbs light and refracts it where the chun gathers into thick runs full of miniscule bubbles.


Selected Exhibitions
2014   David Simon Contemporary, Bath
2011   Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
2009   Beaux Arts, Bath (solo show)
2009   Lund Gallery, Yorkshire
2008   Beaux Arts, Bath (solo Show)
2007   Le Bain HGallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007   Mediart Gallery, Paris
1993   Finalist Arthur Andersen Art Award, London
           EAST international open, Nowich
           Open Door, London
Museum collections  

Pallant House, Chichester, E Sussex, UK

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