She believes that it is important that traditional craft skills should be kept alive and that we must teach these techniques in order to preserve them for future generations. It is not only important to make in a physical way we must also understand and explore our materials on a wellbeing and physiological level.
Jane Smith is a jeweller and fine artist and has lived in Derbyshire for 30 years; she has experience in teaching at various educational institutions and has also completed several artist residencies. She has a HND in Jewellery Design and a Degree and Master’s in Fine Art, and is currently researching for her PhD.
She has a vast amount of knowledge in making and her experience on craft skills is excellent on many levels and using many mediums.
Jane Smith (BA, MA)
As a professional artist and researcher, I have a wealth of experience and transferable skills gained as a maker
over a 30-year period. I am committed to delivering excellence within workshops that I tutor, working in many mediums; clay, silversmithing, metal work, stained glass and mosaic. My workshops always produce amazing results not only for the item created but on a wellbeing level. There is always a challenge, and this is were I shine, to engage, encourage and guide participants to overcome obstacles and barriers in order to complete the project and achieve their goal.
2019 – Present The Brilliant Club
Role: Tutor (PhD Researcher)
The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that seeks to support pupils from underrepresented
backgrounds have fair access to university. As a trained Brilliant Club tutor, I am placed in non-selective
State schools, to deliver a course of tutorials designed around my research.
2019 – present University of Derby
Role: Library Welcome Team Assistant
Working at the library reception, delivering a high-quality customer service and welcoming experience for all visitors and users of the library.
2018 – 2019 Artcore Derby
Delivering workshops, as the resident artist in and around the city of Derby, in a variety of mediums to adults and children of different cultures. Teaching STEAM projects to local schools in the Derby catchment area.
2017 – 2019 University of Derby Engineering
Role: Metal casting demonstrator
2017 - 2019 University of Derby School of Art
Role: Student Support, Fine Art and Textiles
2017 – 2019 University of Derby
Role: Exhibition support
Education and qualifications
PhD researcher, ongoing – redirecting to De Montford – 2020
PGC Teaching certificate – Pass – University of Derby - 2017
Master’s in fine art – M, A – University of Derby – 2016
Batchelors in Fine Art – 2-1 Honours – University of Derby- 2015
Retail Jeweller’s Diploma – Pass – Birmingham Jewellery College – 1996
H.N.D Jewellery Design – Pass – University of Derby – 1991
Art Foundation – Pass – The University of Ulster - 1989
Symposium’s and research
Title: A Marriage of Materials and Practice: A review of British and Japanese craft practices and ongoing research into the preservation of craft and skills. Date: 4 July 2019/ Exhibition 4th – 19th July
Title: A Marriage of Materials and Practice: An exploration of Japanese and British craft skills in Jewellery and Ceramics. Date: 3 July 2018/ Exhibition 3rd – 18th July
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate
I hold current Artist Public Liability Insurance
References available on request
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