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Grace Brown

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Grace teaches Beginner’s wheel classes and is a recognised ceramic artist who’s practice goes under the name ‘Oh Hey Grace’. She is a committed teacher and is undertaking a Masters of Education (Art) at Melbourne University.

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Louise Morrison

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Louise Morrison brings her extensive experience as a potter to Slow Clay Centre starting, like many, with evening classes, then becoming one of Jane Sawyerʼs trainees. She worked for other potters including Robert Barron (Vic) then continued with a year at Shussai-Gama (Japan 1999-2000), followed by further international travels and work in several potteries in Europe.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and is a Registered Nurse. She combines part-time work in General Practice, making ceramic tableware in her Northcote studio and teaching at Slow Clay Centre. Louise’s ceramic work is softly thrown with subtle textured surfaces and is a pleasure to use. Her love of the hand-made along with her holistic approach to health combines what she knows to be true: that art is therapy for us all! (Louise is currently on leave)

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Prue Venables

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Prue is renowned the world over as an exhibiting ceramic artist and designer. She specialises in porcelain and rich glazes and her sophisticated, clean forms are
meticulously finished, revealing strong modernist influences and a hint of the industrial.

Prueʼs early experiences with ceramics led to Harrow School of Art in UK, after which she began her practice and was based for the next 14 years before returning to Australia where she has long been a significant influence on Australian ceramics. She has held positions as head of ceramics at RMIT University, Melbourne and ceramics workshop manager at JamFactory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide. She exhibits widely nationally and internationally.

Prue offers regular workshops at Slow Clay Centre, stay tuned for more via our newsletter.

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Jane Sawyer Slow Clay Centre Tutor

Jane Sawyer

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Jane is the director of Slow Clay Centre and has practiced as a ceramic artist and teacher for nearly thirty years. Her initial training as an art teacher led to further specialist training as an apprentice to Andrew Halford in Australia and to Shussai-gama in Japan.

She also holds an MA by Research in Fine Art (Ceramics). Janeʼs ceramic practice has taken her
around the world, including exhibitions and residencies in UK, Denmark and Japan and
representing Australia in Collect at the V&A in London. Jane is as equally known for her
tactile, expressive ceramics as she is for her unique teaching methods. She has
developed a specific way of teaching wheel throwing based on Japanese techniques and
ergonomic best practice. It is a natural synthesis of her experiences in East and West,
mind and body. Slow Clay Centre was established as a response to the overwhelming
demand for Janeʼs studio classes and is her way to bring it all together with friends.

www.janesawyer.com.au

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