Victorian Craft Awards

Jane Sawyer — 'Collapse #6', 2021

Fluid, gestural and tactile, 'Collapse #6' reflects the artist's interest, or obsession, in materiality, movement and engagement through the sense of touch. The artist's current exploration extends this broad theme into the specific area of material collapse resulting in amorphous draped hanging works.


Jane Sawyer is an award-winning ceramic artist and founder of Slow Clay Centre. Trained in Australia and Japan, Sawer has maintained a dynamic ceramic practice since the 1980’s. Blending influences from contemporary design, craft practice and conceptual curiosity, Sawyer’s works engage both the tactile and the visual senses. Sawyer is a passionate educator and active member of the Australian craft community.


Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists.

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lee Darroch, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Troy Emery & Daniel Poole, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu. 


Materials:  Burnished ceramic, pigment, metal wall screw

Dimensions: 140cm x 95cm x 90cm

Photography: Peter Bonifacio

Read more about the Victoria Craft Awards and this years judging panel here

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