Jane Sawyer CV
Jane Sawyer holds a Bachelor of Education(Art/Craft) from Victoria College of Education and Master of Arts (Fine Art) by Research (Ceramics) from RMIT University. Her professional studio experience includes traineeships with Andrew Halford at Kinka Pottery, Sydney (1982–85) and Shussai-Gama, Shimane, Japan, (1985–87) and private practices in Edinburgh, Scotland,(1987–89) and Melbourne, Australia (1990–present). Sawyer was a guest artist at Clay Feast, Gulgong, NSW (2001)and Tableware: Form & Design at the research centre of The Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark (2002) and represented Australia at COLLECT at the V&A Museum, London (2008). She contributes widely to ceramic education with lecturing experience at the University of Southern Queensland, RMIT University, Box Hill Insitiute of TAFE and Preshil, the Margaret Lyttle Memorial School. She established and continues to operate a private school called Slow Clay, specialising in Japanese wheel-throwing techniques to advanced students.
Sawyer received awards from Arts Victoria to travel to Denmark (2002) as guest artist and London (2008) and an Australia Council award for training (1983-4). She was joint winner of the Contemporary Clay '99 Award, winner of the H R Hughan Award (1999), Clayworks Award (2001), Pat Emery Award(1994) and the Ceramics Victoria Tetlow Kilns Award (2009). Her work was acquired at Nillumbik Art Awards(1999) and appears in the collections of Museum of International Ceramics, Denmark, Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria (2005), Bendigo Art Gallery(2004), Artbank Australia, Hikawa City, Japan (1996) and CraftsCouncil, NT, Australia. (1995).
"There's a wonderful fluidity about Jane Sawyer's objects that makes you feel they're still evolving. It's almost as if they’re alive"..."and if you stick around long enough they'll morph into something slightly different"
"Jane Sawyer has created a language of humility…Though she maintains a Japanese rigour in her work, she breaks certain traditions attached to materials"
"...Sawyer conveys an almost erotic sensation of differently tactile surfaces [and] she plays intellectually with opposition..."