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A 29-year veteran clay artist and teacher (as of January 2012, her vitae is about to turn 30... but age is every woman's enemy, so let's just say 29+ from now on...), Jane Kao loves creating clay art. Awards and certificates are just side bonuses.

She's made some "impractical" stuff like Japanese kimono figurines and life-size orchids and roses that can really fool you to mistaken them for real flowers in art exhibitions.

But now, per her students' demand, she's turned her designs to "practical" art, and focused on creating and teaching how to make forever-lasting…

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  • Joined May 20, 2011

Favorite materials

clay, pretty lace, simple tools, bare hands

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About

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Kao-Clay-Arts/167774749912866

Twitter
http://twitter.com/#!/JKClayArts

A 29-year veteran clay artist and teacher (as of January 2012, her vitae is about to turn 30... but age is every woman's enemy, so let's just say 29+ from now on...), Jane Kao loves creating clay art. Awards and certificates are just side bonuses.

She's made some "impractical" stuff like Japanese kimono figurines and life-size orchids and roses that can really fool you to mistaken them for real flowers in art exhibitions.

But now, per her students' demand, she's turned her designs to "practical" art, and focused on creating and teaching how to make forever-lasting wrist corsages and brooches for weddings, dances, formals, proms, graduations, concert and dance performances, and other special occasions.

A few years ago, Jane's decided to "go online" with her jewelry artwork (but refuses to touch a keyboard) with the help of her daughter, Rebecca (yours truly), who respond to emails and posts on Jane's behalf.

Jane makes every flower with her hands. She always dismisses special tools and molds - "That's cheating!" says the artist extraordinaire (at the very least she's extraordinary to me, since she's my mom, and a great one at that). Every crease, every bent, every "full-bloom that is just about to start wilting" look is entirely handmade from scratch, petal by petal, leaf by leaf. Hence, no two roses are the same.

Jane even dyes her own clay (and of course all the painting and airbrushing after sculpting - this goes without saying). "The right coloring is an important part of my design."

She also enjoys making artwork for everyday wear. "Useful art that you can wear often!" is what she always exclaims. She has made exquisite necklace pendants, belt clips, earrings, brooches, hair elastic holders, hair clips, and many other types of jewelry and accessories.

Please come take a look at our shop at Etsy (search for Jane Kao Clay Arts). The dreamy looking, long-hair beauty with a side hair bang and lovely hazelnut-shaped eyes in some of the listings is one of Jane's clay art students. Her real job is a special needs children's elementary school teacher (we often joke that she should be a model, but then again, she's too nice to be one). The rest of the artwork is shown off by yours truly - I'm not nearly as dreamy-looking, but hopefully at least I give you an idea on how the pieces look when worn. Please don't judge the artwork by the pictures; it is much prettier in person.

Please email Jane at jkaotw [!at] gmail.com with any questions, suggestions, or if you simply want to say hiya. We hope her beautiful creations will brighten your day.

With Warm Regards,
Jane Kao and her daughter/Esty shopkeeper Rebecca

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