Featured Potter Jane Murray-Smith

Jane Murray-Smith is an artist who discovered clay in 1998. She is now a potter full time working from her home studio and gallery (Phoenix Gallery) with her partner where she creates stoneware, raku, and works with horsehair and feathers.

Jane Murray Smith Vancouver Island Potter

When did you first start creating pottery?
In 1998, I took my first course in clay at the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op. Previously I had explored watercolour and life drawing. As much as I loved watercolour, the call for more texture in the surfaces led eventually to clay. I graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 1972. Further studies included courses at the Arrowsmith Potters Guild and at the Metchosin Summer School of the Arts.

The mentorship and generosity of professional potter friends continued to encourage my growth and in June of 2002 I quit my day job in order to pursue pottery full time.

Will you be selling your pieces at any markets or galleries this year?
Nautical Days, Comox, August 3rd 4th 5th, 2018
Art and Music in the Garden, Gardens at HCP, Saanich , August 25th and 26th 2018

Do you have a studio/gallery?
In the summer of 2003 I joined with a group of potters in a storefront gallery, Pyromania Pottery in Coombs. I also have a home gallery.

Are you open to the public?
Yes… at our home gallery Phoenix Gallery in Lantzville, BC.

Jane Murray-Smith
Lantzville, British Columbia

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