Jane Seymour | Always encouraged to be creative...
|Jane Seymour | Working in her studio|
|Jane Seymour | Rocking Vessel with Sleeping Woman|
|Jane Seymour | After Gauguin|
Moving to Ireland in 1994, I bought a couple of acres of land to build myself a house and studio in the rural wilds of County Clare, and it was then that I began to take ceramics seriously. I am completely self-taught, but I have been strongly influenced by the work of other ceramists and artists, such as Hans Coper, Brancusi, Jane Perryman, James Tower, and Gabriel Koch. I avidly read books on different pottery techniques and made a point of visiting museums and exhibitions. I was initially attracted to the challenge of smoke-firing my work, which I found to be a more organic approach to surface decoration than the use of glazes, the technical aspect which has never interested me. I also began teaching within the community and in local schools which I found to be mutually beneficial. For a number of years, I became a core organizer of the arts programme in the local arts festival, leaving after nine years to have more time to focus more on my own work.
At the time I had been studying a particular community of crows at the coast who I came to know and recognize.
A few years ago I began to take my work in another direction, by etching drawings and textures into the unfired clay, using studies from my sketchbooks. At the time I had been studying a particular community of crows at the coast who I came to know and recognize. I was fascinated by their individual characters, and their behavior within the group, and I was attracted by their graphic shapes stark black against the sky and sea. These sketches I used in my designs onto large shallow slab bowls, enhanced by rubbing in and applying oxides and coloured slips. Following on from there I began to use my life drawing studies, another passion of mine and challenging myself to build larger more sculptural ceramic shapes. My nudes are often inspired by artists whom I admire, such as Gauguin, Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse, as well as my maternal grandfather who I never knew, but who was head of the art department in Sydney art school in the forties, and who illustrated technical books on figure drawing. And I still feel that I am constantly making life up as I go along.
|Jane Seymour | Crow Sung|