Jan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She has taught at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado, the Aspen Community School, Colorado Mountain College and various workshops throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Jan was involved in the founding of the Carbondale Council of the Arts and Humanities in Colorado, and has been the director of the ceramics program at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. She is also a current and longtime instructor at Mount Hood Community College and a member of the Oregon Potters Association. In addition to her ceramics expertise, Jan is a trained graphic designer and illustrator.