Jane-200x267Jane is the founder of Slow Clay Centre and has practiced as a ceramic artist and teacher for over thirty years. Her teaching experience includes all levels of learners from pre-school to lecturing in the tertiary sector, public and private. Her initial training as an art teacher specialist in ceramics led to further training as an apprentice to ceramic artist Andrew Halford in Australia and then to train in the well-respected Mingei studio, Shussai-Gama, in Japan.

Jane holds an MA by Research in Fine Art (Ceramics) and her practice has taken her around the world, including exhibitions and residencies in the UK, Denmark and Japan including Collect at the V&A in London, The Snake in The Garden, touring the UK, and Tableware in Denmark. She was a finalist in the Vitrify Ceramic Awards in 2013 and is represented in public and private collections.

Jane is as equally known for her tactile, expressive ceramics as she is for her unique teaching methods and 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, heart and hand. Jane brings a deep respect for the creative process as a lifelong journey and leads Slow Clay Centre to be a welcoming community that welcomes all, from professional artists to beginners, from artists, designers and craftspeople, without prejudice. Slow Clay Centre was established as a response to the demand for Janeʼs studio classes and is her way to bring it all together with colleagues.

Jane is a board member of The World Crafts Council – Australia, a member of  The International Academy of Ceramics and former board member of Craft Victoria.

www.janesawyer.com.au