Jane Hamlyn


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

1974 Harrow College of Art

1986  Crafts Council / John Ruskin Award
1988  Keckskemet Scholarship Hungary
1989  Fletcher Challenge Prize NZ.
1993  Saltzbrand Prize Koblenz
1999  European Saltglaze Prize

Recent Exhibitions
2007  Galerie Besson London
2007  Aberystwyth University Arts Centre
2006/7 Table Manners¹ CRAFTS COUNCIL
2006  COLLECT at the V & A London
2006  Saltzbrand Koblenz
2006  Loes & Reinier Galerie Netherlands
2006  Ha Gamle Gallery Norway
2005  Handwerkskammer Koblenz
2005  Silicate Arts Exhibition Hungary
2004  COLLECT at the V & A London
2004  Gallery British Colombia Vancouver
2004  Galerie Eewal  Netherlands
2003  Carlin Gallery Paris France
2003  Meisters der Moderne¹ Munich
2003  What is Craft¹ at THE HUB U.K.
2003  The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh
2002  Ceramica Britanica Sao Paolo Brazil
2002  Ceramic Art Gallery Sydney Australia
2002  Galerie Marianne Heller Heidelberg 

Work in Public Collections:
Crafts Council of Great Britain
City Museum & Art Gallery Stoke on Trent
The Castle Museum Nottingham
Cleveland Ceramics Collection
The Ulster Museum Belfast
Shipley Art Gallery Newcastle
Auckland Museum & Art Gallery N.Z.
The Princessehof Museum Netherlands
Ceramic Art Gallery Sydney Australia
Grimmerhus Ceramic Museum Denmark
Keramikmuseum Westerwald Germany






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