Jan was born in California and raised in the foothills of Santa Barbara among the sycamores and oatfields of the 1950's. After years of horses, ballet and fiestas she moved to Northern California to study metalcraft, ceramics and architecture.
Her first full-time job in San Rafael, CA was doing stained glass restoration, which led to a lifetime pursuit of this craft. Wanting to make larger sculptural things she began creating mosaic furniture based on original shapes. She has lived on the Mendocino Coast for 29 years and sells her glasswork and furniture here exclusively.
"In the pursuit of art and craft, at first it was about being decorative but as time goes on, it is about love."