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JaxPots - Home Studio 39 Smiths Road, Leithfield, North Canterbury

 Jackie Saunders 

 

A hectic business career and endless driving through Aotearoa, absorbing

the stunning scenery were catalysts and motivation for me to ponder drastically changing my life at the age of 50.

What would it be like to stop, get off the wheel and finally pursue my long-postponed passion for art and creativity? So I did it, because if not now, when?

I am largely self-taught and spend most days exploring new ideas and new techniques 

I find the enormous diversity of ceramics incredibly stimulating.

The seemingly infinite possibilities of technique, firing methods, and the many art forms it encompasses make it both challenging and captivating.

I find inspiration around and within me, we live in such a beautiful place with our surroundings constantly changing in colours and mood.

Nature provides endless inspiration, the colours I saw throughout Central Otago, Southland and Canterbury are etched in my soul, turquoise lakes atop dams, craggy volcanic rocks, bright white snow, fluorescent lime rapeseed fields in the distance, blue, blue skies, fluffy white clouds. 

The amazing multi-coloured lupins of the Lindis rippling ahead of and around me, feeling like I was riding a magic carpet in a Disney movie. Just incredible.

The light, the gold and the twinkling night skies of the Mackenzie Country.

The seashore, with its windswept sand dunes, swaying beach grass, driftwood, shells, the many hues of the sea, metallic rocks, glittering sand live within my palette, particularly in my Aotearoa Collection.

I love Raku, the raw, primal, spontaneous nature of burning horse hair and feathers into hot burnished vessel surfaces, saggar firing and the random patterns of naked raku crackle.

I create a range of wall art including large scale wall installations, sculptural wall buttons, wall-hung pieces and mixed media work. Fantasy florals and corals emerge intuitively from the clay on the day

I focus primarily on decorative, creative work, however many are functional too.

I work from my rural home studio in Leithfield, North Canterbury and visits to my studio are welcome.