Jann Kesby

Jann’s training began in a production workshop on the outskirts of Sydney during the 1970’s with hands on practical training. This was followed by a traineeship at Sturt Craft Workshops, Mittagong – the first production workshop established in Australia.

Following her traineeship, Jann moved back to the Mid North Coast of NSW where she established her own workshop, specialising in wood firing.

Jann has gained Certificate IV in Visual Arts, taught in Arts & Media through TAFE NSW, presented at and attended workshops, conferences and residences internationally. She was the manager and coordinator of the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery from 2009 to 2018.

Jann’s work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.




Jann’s workshop is located just outside of Kempsey on the NSW mid north coast.

After her introduction to woodfiring and subsequent relocation from Mittagong to Kempsey, the first wood kiln she constructed was a Phoenix Fast fire in 1981. For Jann, the kiln was troublesome as it was designed to be fired with pine and in Australia hardwood was more easily accessible, so in 1984 she built a Bourry Box with a double firebox. She has been firing this kiln using salt since 1985.

In 2006 Jann was was invited to attend a residency in Tokoname, Japan. It was was this trip that renewed Jann’s inspiration and provided ideas for different methods of firing. Upon her return, she set about constructing an anagama kiln.

Jann enjoys firing her anagama and bourry box kilns each year in the ongoing endeavour for unique results.