Janet Lines studied ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design, graduating in 1978.
In between tutoring students on foundation courses, running workshops for both children and adults and raising a family she always maintained her practice of making.
In 2017 Janet returned to education to undertake a research-based MA Ceramics at UCA, Farnham,UK.
This opportunity to focus full time on her work brought unexpected outcomes and new reflections on why making matters and the power objects possess to convey narrative.
Having moved location frequently while growing up in the UK and abroad, ideas of investigating a ‘Sense of Home’ began by looking through the lens of what it must mean to be homeless. Often, the understanding of what is tangible can be better comprehended by the absence of that state.
Over the two years of intensive studies she developed a visual language, through material, theoretical and qualitative research, that articulates the fragile and vulnerable state of displacement, dis-belonging and the unknown.
Since graduating with distinction in 2020 she has exhibited in Stoke-on-Trent, London, represented by Ting Ying Gallery, and in Athens, Greece where she now lives and works. She continues to develop her practice, using simple processes and primitive firing techniques rooted in the earliest making of ceramics to create sculptures which are both abstract and uneasily defined.
2023 In Residence III The Pavilion Gallery, Cromwell Place, London. Oliver Sears Gallery and Ting Ying Gallery
2023 The Value in Things The Study and the Wing Gallery, Cromwell Place, London. Vessel Gallery and Ting Ying Gallery
2022 Unknown to Me Solo Show, Connally 4, Clifford Street, London. Ting Ying Gallery
2022 Shapes of Stories Blender Gallery, Glyfada, Greece
2022 Eye of the Collector 2, Temple Place, London. Ting Ying Gallery
2022 Artefact 2022 Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London. Ting Ying Gallery
2021 Fresh British Ceramics Biennial, Swift House, Stoke-on-Trent
2021 Rising Stars New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2020 Future Edit 2020 Graduate Showcase, Crafts Council, London
2020 Graduate Online Exhibition University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
2018 Remastered Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
2018 Heathland Artworks, Tilford
2021 Rising Stars Award Runner up