After earning her BFA in Ceramics from RISD, Jane Dillon went on to serve as a production potter in San Francisco and as an assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and the Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey, where she helped to build a 50-foot anagama kiln. She did graduate work with prominent Colorado ceramic artists Anne Currier and Betty Woodman, who are still strong influences in her life.
Balancing teaching, research and creative production, Dillon has traveled extensively and taught at many schools and universities including Penland, Arrowmont, Mendocino Arts Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Northern Colorado, the Appalachian Center for Crafts and the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Italy.
She returned to Rhode Island and earned her MAT from RISD and has since taught in public K-12 schools across the state and worked with underserved urban students as mobile studio director at Riverzedge. The Mechanical Engineering program she developed was recognized and studied by the National Science Foundation. She also developed core curriculum for the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Salve Regina University and Roger Williams University. Most recently she served as a fellow at The Steel Yard in Providence, managing the ceramics studio, teaching youth and adults and developing curriculum. She looks forward to strengthening the ties between RISD and the Steel Yard.