Reptiles and amphibians which are the chief subjects of Jill's ceramic sculptures, occupying an important place in Jill Moger's lifelong passion for natural history, which has its roots in childhood when school holidays were spent finding and studying the wildlife in Epping Forest. However, Jill depicts reptiles from all over the world in her work and enjoy recreating the intricate detail of texture, spines and folds of skin. She also finds the world of insects particularly fascinating and have recently embarked upon a series of sculptures, largely on this theme, using porcelain, steel and wire.
Jill has kept and bred a variety of amphibians and reptiles over the years and these fascinating animals are a constant source of inspiration through their movement and behaviour. She also owns a large library of photographic references and also DVDs of wildlife expeditions. Jill visits zoos and private collections whenever possible, all of which help enormously in the creation of her work. Each sculpture is individually modelled in stoneware or porcelain clay hollowed out, surface detail carefully etched into the clay and then left to dry slowly over several weeks before the first – or ‘biscuit’ firing in an electric kiln. Various stains and glazes are then applied prior to the ‘glost’ firing up to 1250 degrees. The colours are then further enhanced with overglazes and lustres and fired again, sometimes up to three more times to 760 degrees.
Born London 10th August 1946.
No formal art training but attended York Art and Technical College one day per week for three years in ceramics and then sculpture.
1981 Set up a studio at home in York.
1999 Elected to Society of Wildlife Artists and elected member of Council in same year.
1999 to 2005 Editor SWLA Newsletter.
2001 Elected member of Society of Women Artists.
2004 Elected Honorary Secretary SWLA.
2009 Elected member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (RMS).
2009 to 2013 Vice President of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (RMS).
Vice President Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (VPRMS)
Society of Women Artists (SWA)
2009 The Bidder and Bourne Sculpture Award and Gold Memorial Bowl honourable mention at the RMS annual exhibition.
2006 The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award at the Society of Women Artists annual exhibition.
2001 The President’s and Vice Presidents’ Award for the best work of art in the Society of Women Artists annual exhibition.
Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition annually at the Mall Galleries
Society of Women Artists exhibition annually at the Mall Galleries
Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers annually at the Mall Galleries
The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, Waterloo, London, regularly.
ARTEXNY at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, September 2006 and 2008
The House of Bruar, Scotland
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Gloucestershire
Nature in Art Museum and Art Gallery, Wallsworth Hall, Nr. Gloucester
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
‘Art of the Living World’ Exhibition and auction, Bonhams, Singapore.
Included in ‘Drawn to the Forest’ by Robert Burton and the SWLA and in association with the Forestry Commission.
'Reptile to Reef ' by Jill Moger, published by the Langford Press, ISBN 978-1-904078-64-7 price £38 available from the Mall Galleries book shop.
Included in ' Bugs Britannica' by Peter Marren and Richard Mabey.