From an initial training in painting, printmaking, and calligraphy at Guildford
School of Art, I've explored a wide range of materials and styles in response to
the various demands of Public Art and other commissions.
3-dimensional work I fuse ceramic and glass for mosaics and sculpture, often
combining these pieces with reclaimed and found materials....... I love the
vibrancy of light passing through glass, and the extraordinary richness of shape
and variety to be found in something so ordinary as a a broken toy or squashed
can on the road …. things abandoned, unvalued, lost, changed.....especially
toys, partly from the power of their archetypal imagery and also from concern
about the huge environmental impact of plastics and oil......the work becomes a
metaphor perhaps for survival and re-creation....
Since acquiring in 2006 an archival-quality Giclée inkjet printer I've been
developing scanner-photography for fine-art printwork; subject matter ranges
from plant material to the surreal worlds of toys and industrial
I teach short courses in my Devon studio, and run occasional
Jan O'Highway preparing mosaic pieces