Jeanne Sarich was born in Vancouver, B.C. She moved to North Surrey when she was four years old. She lived in the forest which had three creeks running through it. It was here that she discovered and fell in love with clay. Later, she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English Literature and Languages. She went to live in Terrace, B.C. for awhile and it was here she came to work with clay for a second time. She bought a kiln kit, put it together and has never looked back!
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After returning to the lower mainland to study fine arts formally at Douglas College and spending a summer at the Banff School of Fine Arts, she set up a permanent studio in Surrey B.C. She designed and constructed a large wood- fired kiln, dug clay she had discovered earlier and set about to make glazes that resembled the ancient Sung Dynasty Chinese glazes.
Possessing an extensive knowledge of Asian, American and European ceramic history and technique, Jeanne has had considerable teaching experience with the medium. She taught at Douglas/Kwantlen College in Surrey, Malaspina College in Nanaimo and several community centers over the past thirty years.
She coordinated and taught in the Travelling Workshops program for the Potters Guild of B.C. and won the Olea Davis Special for fostering ceramic art education in the province of B.C.
Jeanne won first prize for her ash glazed wood-fired Rain Forest Vessels. She represented Canada at the Festival Canada; A Pacific Nation in Honolulu, Hawa’ii by exhibiting her raku tea bowls and fire- marked plates.
In 1989 Jeanne was invited to the Northwest Territories to work with the Territorial government in Community Economic Development. She assisted Inuit and Dene artists with training, marketing of their work and community art centre development. She developed a ceramics program for Arctic College and facilitated the establishment of Rankin Inlet Ceramics Workshop, a small business that has been successful.
Jeanne presently lives on Bowen Island where she is developing products for a specialty international market. She has researched and developed her own glazes for oxidation stoneware and porcelain. She teaches pottery and sculpture to kids and adults in her studio on Bowen Island.
She is inspired by the perfection of the Sung Dynasty Chinese ceramics, the asymmetry of the ceramic art from Momoyama Japan and the quiet beauty of the Koryo and Yi Dynasty Korean ceramics. Jeanne uses design motifs that surround her in her new community, sea shells, water, waves, fish, rain forest and wildflowers. While living in the Arctic she experienced ice, snow, wind and the aurora borealis up close and personal and many of her themes make reference to the tundra landscapes of the Keewatin.
Jeanne is a member of the Arts Pacific Co-op Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island. She facilitated the Commemorative Tile Project with Jayne Pivik of the Knick Knack Nook. She also has a small showroom in her workshop at Artisan Square which is open Thursday through Mondays 12:00-5:00 pm.
Jeanne likes to do work by special order such as dinnerware sets, tea and coffee services and tile work. She is happy to share her knowledge with other interested people. She can be contacted at: 604-947-2522.