Since their meeting 9 years ago, the work of Worthing artists Janet and John, has been slowly evolving, each under the influence of the other. Moving from styles embodied and set over a long period into new directions as their inspirations, directions, and increasingly collaborative ideas, develop.
For John, a ceramicist, long using naked clay – no glaze – processes to mark his work it has been a slow transition from his beloved naked raku monochrome surfaces, to now a new palette of colours marking the burnished clay surfaces of his vessel forms in a more controlled painterly way, often influenced by the land and sea scapes surrounding our town.
Janet, an established painter and sculptor, is now also working significantly with clay and her range of burnished naked clay heads sit well alongside the paintings and drawings showing the evolution of her abstract figurative work to the now pure abstraction of forms, colours, and relationships.
John and Janet now work together in studios at their Worthing home, regularly collaborating on firings in their raku kilns, and hosting potters from all over the world keen to learn about their specialist naked clay techniques.