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Hiroe Swen
Craft  (ACT)
Hiroe Swen was born in Kyoto, Japan. She studied painting and batik textile dyeing before taking up ceramics at the Kyoto Crafts Institute as well as being apprenticed to Master potter Heihachiro Hayashi from 1957 to 1962. She moved first to Sydney (1968) and then to Canberra (1970). Swen is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists. She has been involved with ceramics education in the ACT since 1971 when she began teaching at the (then) Canberra Technical College. From 1981 to 1998 she was a lecturer at the ANU School of Art, and in 1998 following her retirement from full-time teaching was made a Visiting Fellow.

Swen has been exhibiting in Australia since the year of her arrival (1968). She was the subject of a major retrospective in 2000 (Craft ACT Gallery, Canberra) and a survey of recent work was held at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery (2008). Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries and numerous regional, institutional, corporate and private collections throughout Australia.

Swen lives and works in Queanbeyan, New South Wales.
  Photos: Ritualistic object No.2; Etched Loss III (front)
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