Jane Dodd is a contemporary jeweller based in Dunedin. A former member of the Workshop 6 jewellery studio she has a high profile and is well regarded for her jewellery.
Dodd's work is often designed around ideas of recording or mapping elements of the landscape within New Zealand. These appear in different guises throughout her works. In some cases they embody personal landscapes, fragments of places which evoke memories, people, and times shared. These elements are carefully deconstructed and re-assembled, creating a directive for the viewer to understand the work, moving from part to part and effectively undertaking a journey themselves in the process of 'reading' the piece in the same sense that one reads a map. In other works, these elements are singled out and framed where they create a memento or snapshot triggering recollections of place and event.
Jane Dodd came to jewellery through a Diploma in 3D design from UNITEC in Auckland, following earlier courses of study at both the universities of Otago and Auckland. She is a member of the Workshop 6 jewellery studio, which, since its inception, has gathered a reputation for presenting some of New Zealand's most progressive contemporary jewellery. Since the early 1990s Dodd has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia, and she is recognised by collectors, galleries and institutions as a significant artist in this field.