Jane Clift

Jane Clift has spent most of her life living in Hampshire, until two years ago she moved to Devon with her husband, daughter and three grandchildren. Jane is now based in Dartmouth.

Jane comes from a very artistic family where she had exposure to art and music from an early age. She focussed on music which she eventually went on to teach. In her early twenties, Jane won a place in the highly acclaimed National Youth Theatre where she appeared in a number of West End plays and BBC Play for Today. After this she was approached to tour the country as stage manager for a one man show, ending up at the Edinburgh Festival where they won the best fringe award.

In the 90’s, Jane worked in the corporate world of professional development for years, until she could no longer fight her creative desire. This is when Jane launched a new business ‘A Vintage Garden’ and became known for finding unusual pieces of art for the outdoors. She started making wire bird sculptures for her own garden, and very quickly took commissions. The first sculpture she sold, was to another artist, and was inspired by murmurations. This continues to be a major influence today.

Largely self taught, Jane loves to create birds and small animals. Jane uses various gauges of bare iron wire as her medium. She can capture movement by manipulating the wire. She finds her process to be similar to how others would use a pencil to sketch. Jane’s sculptures are a celebration of movement, grace and humour, whilst also a representation of strength, whole heartedness, warmth and softness.