Tamara Hahn was born in Adelaide in 1971. Her love of visual arts started in high school supported by enthusiastic art teachers, and opportunities to try out various mediums, including ceramics. “Art was always my favorite subject, but I clearly remember when I first touched clay, it instantly became my favorite thing in life, and my passion for the medium have gone on until this day.”
After finishing high school Tamara completed a TAFE Diploma of Applied Art majoring in Ceramics. Her journey to become a professional artist was put on hold by another calling; Tamara spent the next 11 years raising 5 children.
In 2005 Tamara was accepted into UniSA, completing her Bachelor of Visual Art (Ceramics) at the end of 2007. After an 11 year break to raise a family, Tamara came back to ceramics with focus and motivation. Her work progressed enormously over three years, resulting in her being accepted as a Design Associate in the Ceramics Studio at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design in 2008.
work from the Textiles Studio in the School of Art, Architecture and Design
Tamara’s work explores the abstract possibilities of the unconventionally and unexpectedly beautiful, and is inspired by human form. These ideas are explored through wheel throwing and altering of form, with sensual, pure white porcelain clay and beautiful glazed surfaces. The work is all about the process, the material, and the body. Identity is expressed through the form, the surface treatments and the marks left by the maker. The notion of identity is ultimately connected to the process of making, and is often unconsciously expressed in the finished pieces, like leaving traces of oneself.
Expression of Self
Like a painter paints a self portrait to express self, clay can be used to do the same. Pots can express self and the relationship the artist has with the medium and the process of making. The tactile, seductive qualities of the clay, the intimate relationship with the material and the process, express experience that may be hard to express in other ways. The importance of the process is highlighted, that which ultimately makes identity and self strong and unique.