N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--July 1997
LOUISBURG CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER HAS EYE FOR ART
If you go into the bathroom of Brothers Pizza on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, youll find a N.C. State Wolf painted on the tile wall. If you go to the state library, you can check out a slide show on the history of the rose. And if you go to the Governors Mansion, youll find some hand painted coffee mugs.
|Each is the handiwork
of Jane Edwards, the chief probation and parole officer
in Franklin County. She is a busy woman who won the
Franklin County Artist of the Year Award in 1996 and just
received the state probation and parole
associations top award at its convention in
Edwards joined the department as a probation officer in 1973 to help administer a testing program. When it was discontinued, she was assigned to Henderson to supervise female probationers in a five-county area. Eventually, she was assigned to Franklin County and became the chief probation and parole officer there in 1989.
"My most successful case was a young man who was overweight and a drunk. His brothers and sisters were doctors and lawyers. He hadnt been successful and was convinced he wasnt very bright," Edwards said. "I took him to Voc Rehab where they tested him and found that he was actually very smart. They showed him the results and it turned his life around. He stopped drinking, lost weight and went to college."
"Ive always believed that if you can help people believe in themselves, you could help them change their lives," she said.
Edwards has always been active in professional organizations and communications. She started the first correction association newsletter in North Carolina, worked on the state employee association newsletter and helped start a newsletter for the state probation and parole association.
Always busy, Edwards began china painting after a series of knee operations. "I liked sculpture and watercolor painting, but with my knees I had to find something I could do sitting down," she said. "Id work all day, go home and work on my china painting all evening and fire up the kiln filled with china when I got ready to go to bed. I accumulated so much, I had to begin selling some of it and then just began going to shows." Now she teaches a class on china painting at Vance-Granville Community College.
China painting can be done on inexpensive or very expensive china. Paint is applied thinly with a soft brush. The paint doesnt dry, until it is fired in a kiln. Out of the oven, the china is sanded and cleaned with alcohol. The process is generally done three times and by building color on color, the painting appears iridescent.
Edwards who is retiring says she will continue teaching china painting, remain active in professional associations and hopes to re-establish the rose garden at her home.
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