Handmade Ceramic Art as unique and individual as you are.
Each work evolves along its creative journey and ultimately it unapologetically reveals its character, strength and true beauty.
JACKIE SAUNDERS – CERAMIC ARTIST – ELECTRIC AND RAKU
Jackie was raised in Titahi Bay, spent most of her adult life on the Kapiti Coast and moved to Canterbury a decade ago. Jackie has always lived near the coast and has an enduring affinity for our beautiful coastlines her rural home studio is in Leithfield, North Canterbury with the beach nearby.
Jackie is a largely self-taught and experimental artist raised by parents who could make anything.
Their home, garden, art, clothes and Christmas presents beautifully renovated, decorated or handmade.
They taught “you can do anything if you try - there is no can’t”
Making was in Jackie’s blood.
A successful sales, marketing and management career and raising her family took priority until age 50.
Extensive driving throughout the South Island for business, absorbing colour and eye popping scenery Jackies’ inner creative was triggered.
Impacted by the early passing of her Father and having always said she wanted to be an artist when she grew up, she decided she better hurry up - why not?
Thinking she would draw or paint, as she had over the years, she then enrolled in a community clay class where she fell in love with clay.
Not knowing why, but knowing she had to, Jackie set about buying equipment, kilns and workspaces.
Fully immersing herself in experimenting and learning as much as she could, as quickly as she could.
After two years, full time creating and selling hundreds of pieces, Jackie knew she had answered her question of “why not”, she had not however answered the question of “why clay”
After peeling back the surface layers her answer revealed itself.
Fascinated by the metamorphic transformations of human beings, Jackie feels a strong parallel in the creation of her artwork.
Clay undergoes strenuous formative experiences and is exposed to very extreme situations.
It transforms, changes its very nature, ultimately revealing its character, strength and true beauty.
Jackie’s Fantasy Florals and Fantasy Corals emerge intuitively and are a celebration of these precious ecosystems and their astonishing beauty.
Her glaze choices are informed by her love of the ocean, the stunning coastlines of Aotearoa, lush gardens and the dramatic scenery of Aotearoa.
Raku and Saggar firing are Jackie’s favourite methods due to the spontaneous unpredictable nature and the beautiful marks made. Manual handling of red hot pots, the pure excitement as slip cracks to fall away and then the final reveal, all are simply irresistible to her.
Wall installation and display pieces explore contrast, shadow play and exploration of negative space, inspired by the juxtaposition of light vs dark and the duality of absence vs presence.
Visits to Jax home studio are welcome.
Please contact me with any questions or pricing queries
Current Gallery Locations
Arts in Oxford - Oxford
Bryce Gallery - Ohoka
Tait Gallery - Hanmer
Nest Arts Collective - Amberley
Annual Exhibition Events
Christchurch Art Show
Nest Art Exhibition
Pegasus Bay Art Show
Arts in Oxford Summer Show
Jax Home Studio - 39 Smiths Rd, Leithfield, North Canterbury
Me.Now.You - Pound St, Amberley
Arts in Oxford - Oxford
Nest Arts Collective - Carters Rd, Amberley
Past Exhibition Events
Christchurch Art Show 2020
Remnants – Joint Exhibition – Art on the Quay – Dec 2019
Kaiapoi Art Expo
NEST Art Exhibition
Rangiora PTA Art Show
Xchange Easter Show
Woman Up Art Exhibition
CONTACT JAX HERE
Contact and visits to Jax home studio are welcome.
See more of my work and process videos on my Social Media links below.
39 Smiths Road, Leithfield, 7481, North Canterbury
027 451 2200