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October 2023 Meeting Info

Our next monthly meeting will be held Thursday, October 12 at the Cayce Tennis Center.

Please bring some of your artwork to share, even if it’s something still in progress. Also feel free to bring any supplies you are no longer needing or using. We will have a supply table set up for sharing.

Our presenter for the evening will be Jane Schwantes. Her pottery is designed to be beautiful, strong, and practical. The work includes hand-built pieces made from formed slabs, wheel-thrown pieces and a combination of the two. Every item is unique and individually formed. Inspired by nature, each organic piece will remind you of landscapes, animals, or botanical forms.

Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center (second floor)
120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, SC 29033
6 PM fellowship
6:30 business meeting followed by presentation

Jane Schwantes Artist Bio

My work provides a comforting tactile experience while drawing attention to the remarkable in the ordinary, natural world. I make porcelain serving pieces that include sculptures of small animals in their natural environment, reflecting the activity we see in a backyard habitat when we slow down and take time to look. Designed for celebratory gatherings, I plan my pieces to be light and inviting to touch as they are passed from one hand to another.

My platters and bowls combine hand-building and wheel-throwing. I form my bowls from organic, hand-shaped soft slabs and stand them up on a wheel-thrown foot. My hand-cut stencils embossed into the soft clay add low texture that continues the
theme of the piece. Using stained slip, I may print with leaves from a creature’s habitat or paint silhouettes of other
creatures in the environment that will later show through the glaze. I use color combinations designed to mimic dappled sunlit landscapes. My work is available at the South Carolina State Museum gift shop and the South Carolina Artisan center in Walterboro, and directly from me.

As a Nationally Certified Visual Arts teacher I taught visual arts in the public
schools for many years before retiring to my studio in Columbia, SC to be a full-time potter. My BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro included work in ceramics and pottery making. With a Master of Arts in teaching from Cambridge College emphasizing Arts Integration, I also coordinated the fine arts program at Logan Elementary School integrating visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and creative writing standards with the elementary academic standards. I managed the Distinguished Arts Program grant from the State Department of Education, the Arts in Basic Curriculum grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, and additional grants from Blue Cross/Blue Shield as well as district grants to support Logan Elementary’s enhanced fine arts program. Currently, I also serve as a docent at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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