Jane Kelsey-Mapel


An Arizona native, Jane Kelsey-Mapel is a studio artist living in Phoenix, Arizona. She exhibits her figurative clay sculpture nationally and is represented by Victoria Boyce Gallery. In June of 2011, her work will be featured at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Mesa, Arizona. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Gloria and Sonny Kamm Teapot Foundation in Sparta, North Carolina and the City of Phoenix Collection of Contemporary Arizona Ceramic Art at the Phoenix Airport Museum. Her work has been published in both international and national magazines and in the book The Sculpture Reference Illustrated.

As well as creating studio art, Jane has worked with elementary school and college students as an Artist in Residence to produce public artworks including large scale ceramic tile murals and a twelve foot tall abstract horse sculpture modeled after one of her porcelain sculptures. This free-standing sculpture is permanently installed on the plaza of the Center for Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from Arizona State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the University of North Texas. She has taught art at universities and colleges in Texas and Arizona for twenty-eight years. She currently teaches ceramics at Glendale Community College and teaches adult and youth sculpture workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School.

I am seduced by my chosen medium of clay, but what really drives my art is a desire to communicate. I am fascinated by the challenge of transforming an abstract idea into a concrete visual image which touches people emotionally. - Jane Kelsey-Mapel