Janes artwork is unique to her. It is a product of her long experience, and the particular methods, materials, and techniques she has mastered. Jane usually begins with an idea, often inspired by nature. She then uses her expertise to decide the best way to make her idea reality.
With many pieces, she will begin with a series of sketches, evolving until the design begins to live and breathe. She may then go straight to the creation phase, or perhaps make a 3-D plasticine design first.
Next is the choice of materials and method of creation. This is vital - different materials will give a completely different result.
Jane has a veritable arsenal of techniques and methods available to her. She uses some machinery, for example a bandsaw to achieve rough shape, but most of her work is carried out with hand tools.
Here is a selection of chisels and mallets Jane uses, and the essential plastic groundsheet!
She had a Kauri workbench custom-built from her sketched design. You will see the heavy vice on one side and the anchoring points on the work bench surface. It is collapsible to allow transportation to demonstration venues.
Moulding usually involves sculpting a plasticine original, and coating this with a silicon rubber compound (this is an expensive and sometimes tricky substance to use), with perhaps a plaster and steel mould support.
Casting in bronze is very technical and requires the services of a professional casting company that use the lost wax method.
A variety of paints and wood finishes are used. It is important to choose the right finish for the work in question and to consider its display conditions.