The fragment is the gateway to the whole.
— Walter Benjamin

A curiosity about materials and process are at the heart of the work; which is often labour intensive and intricate. Each piece involves hours of work and is made from a mixture of media; ranging from clay, copper, iron, gold, and lead, to paper, steel and/or silver chosen for their contrasting properties and colours.

Inspiration for the work comes from an interest in a variety of fields; the natural world, geology, archaeology, psychology, microscopy, and intimate landscapes amongst others.

Jan Goodey is a British maker living in Cumbria working across Ceramics, Sculpture and Jewellery.

Initially trained and working as a goldsmith, Jan combined these skills with teaching at The University of Cumbria, formerly Carlisle School of Art, as Leader of the Foundation Studies Course for many years.  Later contributing to the BA and MA in Contemporary Applied Arts. Throughout this time her research practice continued and was exhibited widely. 




Foundation studies     Colchester Institute

BA Jewellery                Hornsey College of Art/Middlesex University

MA Art & Design         Leeds Metropolitan University


 Hopes & Disappointments. Detail

Hopes & Disappointments. Detail

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

2017/18  Cumbria Ceramics, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria UK

finalist in the Designer/maker category. Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017

finalist  Artistic Collaboration category  for 'Evocative Objects at Sprint Mill'. Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017

2016/17  Cumbria Ceramics, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria UK

2016  Evocative Objects. Sprint Mill Gallery, Cumbria UK

2012   Nets. TAFTA Geelong Forum, Corio, Canberra, Australia

2007   The 5th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea

2007   New Craft – Future Voices Conference and Exhibition. University

            of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland

2006    Castlegate House, Cockermouth, Cumbria UK

2005    Rarefinds Spring. New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey UK

2004    Jewellery Unlimited, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery UK


Collections     Shipley Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear

                         Abbott Hall, Kendal Cumbria.

                          Victoria & Albert Museum. London

                          Museum of Modern Art, New York