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Jill Symes
Craft  (VIC)
Jill Symes is a prominent Melbourne-based ceramic artist whose career spans 30+ years of exhibitions, commissions, acquisitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses.

A major early influence was Japanese traditional and contemporary ceramics providing inspiration for her early burnished saggar-fired blackware and raku work and which continues to influence the aesthetics in her nature-inspired forms and surfaces today.

Jill’s work has been exhibited and acquired around Australia and abroad in New Delhi, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand and London; it is represented in numerous public regional and private collections.

As an adjunct to her career as a practising professional potter, in 1992 she completed a post-graduate at Monash University Gippsland.

In 1994 her work was exhibited with Craft Victoria at the Australian Contemporary Art Fair.

In 1996 she formed SYCO Ceramics to design and produce tableware for restaurants and niche markets. Since she has continued to produce limited editions for galleries and collectors.

1997 she won several commissions from Crown Towers pre-construction for 260 objets d’art, including special editions of her (now classic) Trumpet Vessel and an animal sculpture.

In 2010 she celebrated 30 years of ceramic practice with a survey exhibition of vessels from 1979 stoneware to 2010 earthenware at the Japan Information & Cultural Centre, Melbourne.

In 2011 she was awarded one-year commission by the National Gallery of Victoria to commemorate their 150th Anniversary with a special edition of a sculpture for their retail outlets.

Most recently she exhibited a Landscape of Monads for Big Ceramics for a Craft Cubed 2014 Festival event in the Yarra Gallery, Federation Square Melbourne.
Website: www.jillsymes-ceramics.com
Email: jill.symes@bigpond.com
Links: Australian Ceramics