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Contemporary Melbourne studio potter Jane Sawyer, draws on a simple yet sophisticated blend of traditional craftsmanship, modern styling and design curiosity. Versatile objects that sit somewhere between sculpture and function engage both the tactile and the visual senses breaking down distinctions between art, craft and design.

“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 these gestural, massage-like impressions in the work, I seek to provoke connections. From clay to the object and beyond to the body, objects that, through usage must be engaged with provide multiple dimensions for the reading and forming of connections.”  Jane Sawyer




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