Craft House Instructors

JANE GRAU, fine arts

"The Craft House campus is exactly what a craft school should look and feel like, with its shady lawn and rustic buildings. I see PCH in the same mold as Penland and John C. Campbell, of Berea and Haystack, where glass, pottery, weaving, and basketry students come to learn from the best. It's a jewel in Salt lake’s crown, a sanctuary for the soul."

When Jane moved to Utah in 2004, she finally understood why artists like Monet and Van Gogh were inspired by their surroundings. “If I had always lived in this wondrous light and space,” she says, “I would have been painting every day.” Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Art from Skidmore College, her life followed a path as a writer and teacher. “I’m thrilled to have come full circle.”

Among other things, Jane was the Visual Arts Writer for the Charlotte Observer and Creative Loafing. “From being immersed in great art, I learned as much about it as I did in college. Just as important, I learned how to be an artist, which is not something anybody teaches you.”

Jane earned awards from WFAE, Festival In the Park, Broward County Medical Auxiliary, Avenues Street Fair, has exhibited at Two Creek Coffee House, Midway Arts Council, Spring City Arts Council, and SugarHouse Coffee, and taught at Virginia Art Institute, Queens University, Spirit Square, and UNC-Charlotte.