Jane Bamford is a Tasmanian artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania that was followed by an Associateship at the JamFactory in Adelaide. She has been working with clay for over 27 years.
Jane has moved her artistic practice to focus on projects in collaboration with scientists and researchers. In 2017, she began a collaboration with Dr Tim Lynch CSIRO and team to design and create ceramic artificial spawning habitats to support the critically endangered spotted handfish, creating 3000 in 2018 and 2500 in 2019.
She is currently involved in multiple projects in ceramics, including spotted handfish spawning habitat, little penguin nesting habitat, climate adaption innovation for the greater stick nest rat, and substrate for a native oyster restoration project. She sees artistic design and development of habitat support as innovative and important creative work. Now offering her work to be purchased only to be ‘gifted into habitat’, she promotes philanthropy and has invented and created a circular system to support her work outside traditional threatened species funding.
Jane has become known for pioneering ceramics arts practices focussed on collaborating with scientists in long term innovative projects, creating functional forms for threatened species support which embody research, functionality, and compassion for the non-human world.