Jane Bamford

Exhibition: Making Place

Jane began studying ceramics in Japan in 1993. She subsequently completed her BFA, majoring in Ceramics at the Tasmanian College of the Arts. Later she was selected as an Associate at the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide and has since worked in her own studio practice, educational facilities and exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize and successively undertook an Art/Science residency at UTAS School of Creative Arts.

Jane’s work is primarily informed from research and observation of the coastal, marine and alpine landscapes of Tasmania. This observation, connection to place and environmental awareness has led her to produce work on issues like climate change’s impact on Tasmanian marine environments and the reestablishment of Spotted Handfish spawning habitat. In 2018 Jane began a commission for the CSIRO to design and make 3000 ceramic artificial spawning habitat (ASH) for the Spotted Handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus). These installations of ASH were SCUBA deployed to support this critically endangered marine species. In September 2018 the Spotted Handfish’s first wild spawning around ceramic ASH was observed. Jane also works at the Friends’ school in Hobart, as a technician in art and ceramics and from her studio at her coastal home south of Hobart.