Spotlight On: Jane Wheeler

29th April 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

Our Spotlight On blogs and vlogs introduce thirteen of the artists featured in exhibition ‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’.  The second in a series, the exhibition presents 40 works acquired in the last five years to ensure our collection better represents North Wiltshire’s creativity, with the majority of works donated by the artists.

What is your name, where are you based, what medium/style do you work in?

My name is Jane Wheeler, from Cupar in Fife, Scotland. I mostly paint, but was trained in ceramics and had twelve years, in my fifties and sixties, having another go at it.

Why did you want to be involved with this project?

To celebrate Corsham, (Bath Academy of Art) and Art School education as it was in the sixties and seventies, and all the artists who contributed to it and came out of it.

In Jane’s studio

How did you decide which piece to donate to the museum and can you tell us more about it?

I wanted to give a piece that stands for everything I was most interested in in ceramics, its antiquity, its humanity, its longevity.

This large bottle is slab built in a heavily grogged clay, and paddled to change and soften the form. The glaze is made from ash and clay, and it is fired in a smallish gas kiln to 1300 C with a lot of reduction.

Tall bottle with rust accretion, stoneware, 2018

Why do you think having public access to local art is so important, such as through this new collection being created at Chippenham Museum?

For inspiration, and to recognise the vitality of the art around you.

Why do you think North Wiltshire has such a creative culture?

Well I don’t live here, so I couldn’t say. It would be nice to think it was a spin off from Corsham, but that is probably stretching it a bit.

‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’ is free to visit 17 May – 19 June. Open Monday – Saturday with two ways to visit:  drop in 10am – 1pm or book a free Private View for up to six people or two households at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. 


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