Jane Hamlyn has an international reputation as a leading exponent of contemporary ceramics. Trained on the legendary Harrow Studio Pottery course, she has continued for over 30 years to practice as a full-time ceramist, specialising exclusively in the saltglaze technique. Widely known for her functional pots, her work has recently undergone a radical change. These new vases and Empty Vessels¹ are severe and succinct, with a formal clarity and their own abstract syntax. Some are coloured in her more familiar hues but the palette is greatly extended to include rusts ochres and rich deep orange. An interest in groupings and juxtapositions of related or contrasted forms and surfaces has taken her into new areas of expression. Whether solo or in pairs, trios or multiples, they function as a distributed art object.
Jane Hamlyn's work has been widely exhibited and is represented in public collections in the UK and abroad including the CRAFTS COUNCIL and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has served as Chair of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain, on the Crafts Council Commitee and as External Examiner at the Universities of Edinburgh, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. She curated the touring exhibition 'Making Sense: Crafts in Context' for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter an as a writer on ceramics she is a frequent contributor to Ceramic Review and Ceramics:Art & Perception magazines. She is also in demand as a visiting lecturer and workshop demonstrator both in the U.K. and abroad.
Born 1940 London
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