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A Ceramic Conversation
5 December 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Hampstead School Of Art
A talk amongst the ceramic works.
Join Janet Haig as she discusses her work with the Principal, sharing insight into her work, her practice and how she constructs ideas using techniques and personal responses, to create series of works from figurative to vessels. This talk provides an opportunity to understand the life of a maker, to ask questions and share your views.
Janet Haig is a Hampstead-based ceramicist, whose unique hand-crafted vessels and stoneware torsos have been shown in many galleries and featured in boutiques and magazines. Her work can be found in private and public collections, including that of the Jewish Museum, London. Characterised by their densely encrusted and corroded surfaces and organic forms, they are clearly inspired by the many and varied wonders of nature.
Janet Haig was born in Poland, and experienced the hardships of the war years in a Siberian prison camp with her mother, later discovering that their closest family had perished in the Holocaust. She studied painting in Australia and settled in the UK in 1962.
Haig has revealed that her first inspiration might go back as far as those harsh days in Siberia: “My mother was able to take one object with her [to Siberia] and she suddenly saw this little pot (I still have it in my possession), which she grabbed hold of because, as I was a baby, she thought it would be useful to warm things up. It’s enamel, blue on the outside, white on the inside and maybe that has had some kind of inspiration on my pots.”