For more than 25 years, Jan has been a freelance conservator and restorer of sculpture, architectural plasterwork, and decorative objects.
She is based in Dorset and together with her husband Keith, runs a studio and workshop, in which Jan works on conservation and restoration projects, as well as producing her own contemporary sculptures and undertaking commissions.
Not all work is studio based, and many conservation projects have been carried out in historic buildings and churches, by Jan and Keith, assisted at times by a team of skilled, professional freelance artists and artisans.
In recent years, Jan has worked on a number of sculptural conservation projects for Dorset Museum, in Dorchester.
Jan is classically trained, having studied sculpture for three years with the sculptor Stuart Osborne.
Sadly now deceased, Stuart Osborne was a close associate and contemporary of Sir Jacob Epstein.
After graduating from art college, she embarked on a career as a sculptor and painter, working on a number of varied commissions, before being introduced to, and embracing the world of plaster conservation and restoration, and learning the art of stucco modelling.
Initially, Jan worked as a freelance sculptor and modeller, as part of a team undertaking the extensive restoration project at Barlaston Hall, Staffordshire, run by Hayles and Howe, of Bristol.
This was the first of several of Hayles and Howe contracts Jan was involved with, working in stucco, clay and plaster, and undertaking large drawing and design projects, before moving to Dorset, where she and Keith set up their own successful studio and workshop.
Jan has exhibited with the Society of Portrait Sculptors and is a member of the Institute of Conservation.