Sarah-Jane Selwood 


From wet clay on the wheel to hard ceramic after firing the journey a pot takes always inspires me.  My work has an alchemy both through its physical transformation and its design concept.
To start; a perfect thrown form, the fluidity of the soft clay controled and the proportions and ultimate character of the piece are defined.  Next; the simple bowl is reconstructed, an origami of clay created.  Cut, inverted, rejoined: cut, inverted, rejoined a rhythm of lines cascade from the rim creating movement and disrupting the internal and external volumes of the perfectly formed bowl.  Repeated cut lines in the limit become new curves within the form.  The method is calculated and must be performed with precision, yet, the outcome always surprises and the element of risk and chance remains.
I work within a set of self-imposed constraints, rules which I can challenge and stretch but whose structure continues to offer limitless possibilities.  In this I find an analogy with baroque music,  Bach or Telemann demonstrate a wealth of ingenuity, the latent possibilities in a regular rhythmic pattern, complex chords, based on mathematical formulae.  Creativity flourishes with a set of boundaries to challenge.

Born 1969, Edinburgh

1991-1992  Post-Graduate Diploma, Edinburgh College of Art
1987-1991 BA(Hons) Ceramics, Edinburgh College of Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007 Scottish Gallery solo Edinburgh
2001 Scottish Gallery solo Edinburgh
1999 Oxford Gallery solo Oxford
Candover Gallery solo Alresford
1997 Scottish Gallery solo Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 The Cutting Edge Crafts Exhibition
Royal Museum of Scotland
2002 16th Anniversary ceramic show - Scottish Gallery Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1999 The New White, Contemporary Studio Porcelain V&A Museum, London
Inaugural Exhibition, Prime, Dundee Contemporary Arts Dundee

International Exhibitions
2004 SOFA Chicago (Scottish Gallery) Chicago, USA
Coloured Porcelain - St. Joseph Gallery, Leeuwarde Leeuwarde, The Netherlands
2003 SOFA Chicago (Scottish Gallery) Chicago, USA
Decorative Arts Los Angeles, USA
New York Ceramics New York, USA
2002   duo- exhibition - Galerie le Vieux- Bourg Lonay, Switzerland
Group exhibition - Art Spectra, Vienna Vienna, Austria
SOFA New York 2002 (Nancy Margolis Gallery) New York USA

Public Collections
World Ceramic Exposition  Soeul, Korea
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche Faenza, Italy
Takeo City Culture Hall, Kyushu, Japan
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen





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