Jane studied ceramic art at Hood College in Maryland, but she has worked as an artist for 35 years, painting watercolors, doing drawings for greeting cards, and designing murals for interiors that include children’s rooms and nurseries. Her gallery, JaneKavArt, which shares space with Alma Company Accounting, is filled with examples of her work, now dominated by a ceramic universe. Castles, stone walls, sheep and cottages evoke memories of Ireland, where Jane has travelled extensively. It is the land of her ancestors and she feels rooted there.
All of Jane’s works are created through the process of slab making and coil building. She texturizes with different elements, shapes them, “leaves handprints behind,” finger marks that have shaped and built these objects.
Jane's newest work has an industrial theme to it. This industrial work has her rolling and bending hand made clay pipes much like her coppersmith father and his ancesters and her two siblings who continue to run the family business as a metal works shop. Kavanagh Company will celebrate its 150 year anniversary in 2016. Jane fires her clay pipes in an outside kiln made from a Weber Kettle Grill to obtain the necessary surface treatment so they take on the characterisics of metal.
Jane’s work has been shown at the Delaware Museum of Art, Hood College, Dover Art League, Newark Arts Alliance, Hudson Comtemporary Gallery, and is part of many private collections. She recently sold a vase which was displayed at Longwood Gardens as part of an ikabana flower display by Judy Cox.
Jane received a Master's Ceramic Certificate from Hood College in December of 2011. She has attended classes and workshops at the Maryland Institue of Art, Delaware Art Museum, University of Delaware and Arrowmount School of Arts and Crafts in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee. Jane is a member of the Potter's Council.
You can view Jane's work at Janekav Art Gallery, 625 Barksdale Road, Suite 103, Newark, DE Monday thru Friday 11 AM to 3 PM. Jane is open to exhibiting in different venues.