Legacy of ceramicist Jane Crick in a new exhibition

Admired Canberra ceramicist Jane Crick took up clay in 1978, but her untimely death in 2013 cut short an artist in her full flush.

Jane Crick, 2 Upright Bottles, 2008

Jane Crick, 2 Upright Bottles, 2008

Readers will recall a touching exhibition at Watson of the late artist’s remarkable collection of teacups not long after her death.

Now in a retrospective exhibition at Watson Arts Centre, Crick’s friends, students and admirers as well as new viewers, will have an opportunity to take a walk through her ceramic career and celebrate her contribution to the world of ceramics.

The works exhibited are not displayed in any chronological order, and it will be evident that Crick was “a prolific experimenter with both forms and finishes,” so that dating some of the works has not been possible. Many pieces are instantly recognisable as her ‘signature’ forms that she produced regularly over a number of years but others not so.

Crick’s enthusiasm for clay led to a long involvement with Canberra Potters’ Society. As a teacher for the society she was responsible for introducing many people to the joys of clay and working with them, often over many years, to develop their skills and creativity, so she had a loyal following of students, a clear indication of what she brought to her teaching.

She joined the management committee in 1991 and taking on every office bearing position,

The proceeds of sales will help fund the Jane Crick Memorial Award for Handbuilding, a new Canberra Potters’ Society Members’ Exhibition award sponsored by her family.

Jane Crick Retrospective, at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, until August 17, Thursday to Sunday 10am – 4pm. Opening event 2pm Saturday July 26, all welcome.

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