Jean's paper clay sculptures are inspired by her love and passion for animals, flowers, fashion, and color. For years she has been involved with animal rescue, especially greyhounds and feral cats.
Her mom was a gardener and introduced her to the beauty of fresh and colorful flowers. Her dad worked for Hallmark Cards and brought her wonderful ribbons, papers, and cards to play and create with. She crafted entire bouquets of ribbon flowers, which led to fabric flowers, which finally led to clay flowers. As a child, She would sit for hours shaping clay bakery goods, patiently and individually rolling each cherry in the make-believe pies before covering them with simulated lattice crusts. Thus, a passion for fine detail was born at an early age.
Her love of beauty, color, and lighting served her well in completing interior design assignments over the last 35 years, working for several firms and finally her own in Kansas City. There, with daughter Jill Tran, she also founded a lamp company, designing, producing, and selling their unique creations to retailers like Nordstrom and Roche Bobois. It was while exhibiting them at the High Point Design Market that she met her future husband Don.
Jean now lives and works in North Carolina, dividing her time between custom interior installations through Asheville's Greeson & Fast Design, fostering kittens, and working on the Executive Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Humane Society, and her own ceramics studio at her home in Hendersonville.