About Jen Colquitt

My main preoccupation is with making decorative wall panels and firing them successfully. Currently fine quality porcelain clay is used, it is fascinating as a material as it combines fragility with great strength as it has to withstand high firing temperatures. The same themes appear constantly in my work - trees, leaves and flowers. I rework them constantly using them in a simple direct way.

I frequently visit France and have always enjoyed and responded to the decorative carvings in the Romanesque churches, using the patterns as borders for the panels. I also incorporate the playful qualities of Naive Art frequently observed in France.

Recently I have begun a series of extruded forms which are covered in patterns relating to the usual themes. I have always valued drawing - initially it was my entrance to Art College, it is an integral part of my work.