Jane Seymour

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Overview

Born in 1954, Jane grew up in the marshlands of Suffolk, and the valleys and
mountains of Wales. She had an unconventional upbringing with little formal training.
In her artwork and ceramics she is mainly self-taught, although strongly influenced by
artists such as Coper, James Tower, Modigliani, Picasso. Her maternal grandfather,
Frank Medworth was head of the art department at Sydney Art College, and her
paternal grandfather was Albert Angus Turbayne, a successful printmaker and book
designer and a member of the Carlton Studio of illustrators. Jane’s mother Sally
Seymour was an artist and potter and her father John Seymour was a travel writer,
broadcaster, and author of self-sufficiency books. For a number of years as a young
mother Jane ran a small craft business with her wood-turner partner, painting on wood
and silk.
In 1994 Jane moved to rural Co. Clare, Ireland, where she built a house and
studio.
She makes strong slab-built ceramic vessels and geometric forms with a
controlled and defined surface decoration, inspired by landscape, birdlife and more
recently the naked human form.
She is a member of Portfolio Ireland; Ceramics Ireland; and is a selected
member of the Crafts Potters Association London UK.

Artist’s statement

I find the dynamic between form and surface to be at the core of my ceramics. The etched and inscribed figurative surface, while not wanting to introduce the illusion of space, maintains the integrity of the ‘picture plane’. This is a fundamental issue which remains relevant today. I wish to push the boundaries of my imagination. To redefine my own perception of form and surface decoration, which is at the heart of my work.

I am interested in the strength, the beauty, and the vulnerability of the naked human figure within an art context, using ideas from my own life drawing studies, and also influenced by artists such as Modigliani, Gauguin and Matisse.

I draw or inscribe directly into the unfired surface of each piece, applying layers of oxides and stains and often multi-firing up to five or six times to achieve the desired effect, sanding down the surface in-between each firing. This gives a depth and a texture to my work. The finished piece is polished with beeswax.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2003… Kennys Gallery, Galway. Two-person show with Nicola Henley textile artist
2004… Glor, Ennis, Co.Clare, Two-person show with Nicola Henley
2006… The Collectors Exhibition, Hunt Museum, Limerick
2007… The Cill Rialigh Gallery, Co. Kerry. Two-person show with Rebecca Pearce
2008… Larklane Gallery, Liverpool, group show
2008… The Snug Gallery, Mountshannon, Co. Clare with Nicola Henley
2009… The Cill Rialaig Gallery, Co. Kerry. Two-person show with Ken Browne
2012… Sculpture in Context, The Botanical Gardens, Dublin
2013… The Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork, The Best of Irish Ceramics group show
2014… Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork, The best of Irish Ceramics group show
2014… Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare, ‘An Elemental Dialogue’
2014… The Gallery Café, Gort, Co. Galway, ‘The Dynamic of Crows. Solo show
2014… West Wales Art centre, Fishguard, ‘A late Summer Show’. Solo
2015… The Open Window Gallery, Dublin, Book launch of Irish Ceramics
2015… ‘CROI” Four women artists, four disciplines, Mountshannon, co.Clare
2015… The Mill Cove Gallery, Co.Cork; The best of Irish ceramics
2015… Sculpture in Context, The Botanical, Dublin
2016… Origin Gallery Dublin, ‘CROI’ group show
2017… Ceramic Ireland group show, Dublin
2017…’Halcyon Days’ Glor group show.
2018… The Cill Rialiagh Gallery, Co.Kerry, alongside artist Bina Shah
2019… ‘CROI’, Glor, Ennis, Co.Clare
2020… ‘CROI’ group show, Siamsa Tire, Tralee Arts Centre
2020… The Ceramics Ireland Fourth Triennial Exhibition, ‘Land/Marks’