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Touch - Respond with Jane Sawyer

Touch – Respond: A one-day Guest Artist Workshop with 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” *

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

Important: Students will need to be at intermediate level with sound experience throwing on the wheel. We suggest a minimum of about 12 months attending weekly classes but it’s a very flexible guideline! Please call us on 99437844 to chat if you are unsure of your level.

Jane Sawyer is an active exhibiting artist, writer, educator and presenter and is the founding director of Slow Clay Centre where she inspires others to live their lives centred by clay. Jane holds an MFA by research (RMIT, 2002) titled The Evocative Object, which investigated the power of the functional object to communicate through the sense of touch. Her ceramic practice has taken her to residencies and exhibitions in UK, US, Denmark and Japan and her work has received many awards and is held in institutional and private collections. Jane has served on professional boards such as Craft Victoria, and The World Crafts Council – Australia, and is a member of the International Academy Ceramics.

*Peter Timms, The Age Newspaper, arts review, 2007
Image: Massage bowl, 2019. Red Earthenware, thrown, altered and re-thrown. Photo: Andrew Barcham

Slow Clay Centre is a specialist ceramic education centre based in Naarm (Melbourne) established in 2012 by ceramic artist Jane Sawyer. Please join our monthly e-newsletter to keep up with all new courses, workshops and events!

CoVid19: Our studio follows all Covid Safe recommendations including air purifiers, extraction fans and cleaning after each class. If we have to re-schedule for any reason we will offer a choice of either a refund or credit note. 

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