The works in the 'Vase, Bottle, Bowl' series continue my exploration of the vessel, which is deeply rooted in the history of the decorative or applied arts and the examination of the object. I am interested in the 'essential' object, reducing the vessel to its central and fundamental parts and attributes. If I were to pick an adjective to describe this work, it might be 'formal'. As well as abstracting the vessel and presenting its elemental nature, it is also important as to how composition, color, light, proportion, and the juxtaposition of positive and negative space work within the object, and how a group of objects to form a resolved statement.
The 'House' series, on the other hand, explores a more personal concern related to landscape and loss in a particular place. In what became known as the Clearances, (1760-1830), the Highlands of Scotland were emptied and became a wilderness. Even today, with many ruined crofts still dotting the Caithness landscape, there continues to be a strong sense of loss and desolation in this place. Inspired by this history and what remains, the current house forms seek to evoke thoughts of loss, the past and what might have been.
Born in England, Jane Bruce received a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London, and undertook further postgraduate study at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Bruce has been the recipient of a range of fellowships, visiting artist awards and grants, including fellowships from the Creative Glass Center of America and the New York Foundation for the Arts; artist-in-residence at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, visiting artist at Museum of Glass, Tacoma, and a New Work Grant from the Australia Council. She exhibits her work internationally, and it can be found in many major museum collections worldwide, including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; European Museum of Modern Glass, Rodental, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; and Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia.