Justine Jenner

An apprenticeship at Dartington Pottery, Devon, between 1995 and 1997 followed a degree course in Fine Art and French Literature.

 

Marriage in 1997 meant a move to Oxford and a job glazing at The Jam Factory and then another move to Wiltshire. It was at this time that Justine Jenner worked 2 days a week for Julian Bellmont at his High Street Pottery in Kintbury, Berks. Julian had been a long time thrower for Alan Caiger-Smith at Aldermaston before setting out to make his own lustre ware in a similar style. In return for 2 days work Justine could use his studio and expertise to really begin to learn how to throw.Then came a move to Rome in 1998 where Justine was able to use the basement pottery studio of an Argentinian friend. It was during the next 12 months that she developed her throwing technique and made a variety of tableware from terracotta clay decorated with brushstrokes of bright colour on a white tin glaze.

 

Children came in 1999 and a 14 year hiatus. In 2013 the offer of a kiln and a wheel ignited the desire to return to making pots. Justine Jenner now works in her garage, surrounded by bikes, jam jars, the lawn mower, paint and old BBQ sets.