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, leading to innovative expression.
“Fluid, gestural and tactile, my ceramic art reflects an interest in, or perhaps an obsession with materiality, movement and engagement through the sense of touch. The physicality of the relationship between clay and our bodies interests me. Clay, like flesh, responds to and reflects touch. Using very soft clay and wet slip (a creamy clay coating) the fluidity of the material encourages movements to be simplified, refined and “choreographed” – an essence of the expression of gesture. Through this language of touch I seek to provoke intimacy and connection, from the wet clay to the "fired-frozen" object and it's life beyond my studio. Objects that will inhabit other environments whether domestic, gallery or landscape, can provide multiple dimensions for reading."
"These 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, catalogue essay, 2007