|As an artist in residence, Jane has worked with numerous grade school students, parents and teachers to create large scale tile murals at six Phoenix Area schools. Most recently, she was commissioned to create a large scale public art piece at Paradise Valley Community College.
Jane designed a twelve foot tall, free-standing sculpture based on one of her abstract porcelain horse sculptures for the college. She worked with nine students and Ceramics Instructor David Bradley to build the sculpture on the south plaza of the new Center for Performing Arts. They constructed the horse of fiberglass reinforced concrete and hand made ceramic tile over a steel and Styrofoam armature.
The columnar legs and simplified body of the blue-green stained horse become a gateway, enticing one to walk under its 7’ tall belly while a bright yellow bird rides atop the horse’s back. This over life-size, yet engaging piece is entitled “Gateway to a Life-Long Journey of Learning.”
"Gateway to a Lifelong Journey of Learning"
Ceramic Model for 12 foot tall sculpture
Gateway to a Lifelong Journey of Learning
Detail of mosaic on stepping stone
Rough foam form belted to steel
A student applying second coat of 1 Kote, a concrete mix with polymer, sand and chopped fiberglass fibers.
Students applying concrete and testing layout of tiles.
Final coat of white 1 Kote has been applied and first coat of water base cement stain is being sprayed on.
The bird is lifted into place shortly before the final coat of
Jane, students and David Bradley honored at the Dedication Ceremony.