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A one-day workshop with Slow Clay Centre founder Jane Sawyer

“Jane Sawyer’s teasing vessels are finely balanced between awkwardness and elegance, indolence and vitality, playfulness and solemnity. They are forever in a state of becoming” *Peter Timms, The Age

Jane Sawyer draws on a blend of contemporary design, craft practice and conceptual curiosity. Versatile ceramic objects that sit somewhere between sculpture and function engage both the tactile and the visual senses, breaking down distinctions between art, craft and design, and provoking innovative use.
Jane’s methods inspire a deep connection and reverence for the material, clay, through the sense of touch. Her work is based on the premise that the maker, the material and the method dwell within an equal and symbiotic dynamic relationship. Opening our awareness through touch and response can provide an avenue for reflection and a meaningful pathway to evolving through clay. Jane’s unique techniques have evolved over the past two decades since challenging her studio practice with the question: what is the most important thing? Everything else was up for grabs and the result was a fresh free-style wheel-throwing including her signature altering, manipulating and re-throwing and slip coating.

Content: Join this dynamic one-day workshop where Jane will demonstrate her unique wheel-throwing methods and you will have a go yourself! Unlocking your own “signature touch” is one of Jane’s passions as an educator so we will spend time reflecting on individual work towards the end of the day. Visual presentations showing the underlying threads of the development of Jane’s style will punctuate the demonstrations. She is looking forward to a lively exchange about making ceramics and living a life grounded by clay and pottery and helping you to re-interpret what wheel-throwing can offer!

When: Sunday 25 August 2024, 9.30am-4.30pm
Price: $315 Full price/ $295 Early Bird Discount