Jakki Trainor draws inspiration from a love of nature and folklore, producing illustrative ceramics that depict both real and imagined flora and fauna.
Her passions for storytelling, folklore, pattern and impressed decoration are combined to build her trademark style along with her palette of shimmering green and blue glazes. Jakki aims to tell a story in every tile and panel, beginning with reality and then taking the viewer on a journey into their own imagination.
Jakki spent three years studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Craft Design, Ceramics at the University of Ulster, Belfast and relished the opportunities it provided for working in both two and three dimensions, surface pattern, functionality, decoration, mark making and experimentation. Jakki’s current work reveals her ongoing love of pattern and colour, the influences of Art Nouveau, African art and stained glass that were researched in her university years, now coming back, and asking to be taken further.