Jane B Grimm is a ceramic sculptor living and working in San Francisco. She was born and raised there, the daughter of a SF architect and gallery owner. After her schooling on the East Coast where she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and where she received her AB from Sarah Lawrence College, she started her career as a jewelry designer and manufacturer in New York City. Her jewelry was featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and sold in many department stores and boutiques throughout the United States and Europe.
While still living on the East Coast, Jane started working with clay in the early 70’s. She also taught jewelry and sculpture classes while she raised her family. Upon returning to San Francisco, she continued to make and sell jewelry, but embarked on a more intensive study of clay. During her graduate studies, she received the Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship of the San Francisco Foundation. In 1992 she received her MFA in Ceramics with High Distinction from the California College of Arts and Crafts, having studied with Viola Frey and Art Nelson.
Jane’s sculpture has been on display nationally and internationally in a variety of venues including museums, galleries and alternative spaces such as the Richmond Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art, the Oakland Airport, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Oakland Museum Sculpture Court. Her installations have been commissioned by corporations such as Lucent, J. Moore Partners, LLC, Neiman Marcus and Wachovia Bank. Her artwork is in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum and the Nora Eccles Harris Museum as well as in many private collections.
Jane’s hand built clay sculptures range in size from the intimate to large scale installations. Color and surface treatment are important elements in her work. Her most recent sculptures are minimalist and focus on the study of form and motion.