About Ms Jan Guy

Jan Guy's research and practice is concerned with embodiment and its construction and modification through materials and technologies. She is particularly interested in the impact of virtual communication on notions of intimacy. Guy's research involves the development of what is known as mixed realities – a combination of physical and virtual objects/environments. The field of neuroscience has increased research into the senses, with a specific focus on their symbiotic relationships. Guy's particular focus is the haptic senses, specifically their pivotal role in our formation of self and reality. Touch has been a relatively ignored sense in the visual arts, but with the proliferation of computer-generated artworks and spaces, a consideration of touch presents opportunities to evaluate old technologies/forms such as ceramics, and possible futures of embodiment.

Jan Guy is an artist and writer. She maintains a broad practice and interest in ceramics with a specific focus on sculptural and installed works. While her personal research is presently concerned with relationships between the haptic senses and virtual spaces, she has an ongoing interest in feminist art practices and craft and design theory. Guy has been an advocate for the growth and continuation of Australian ceramic arts through extensive writing for national journals and major exhibitions in the field, including 'Cerebration', the catalogue essay for the 2000 Australian Ceramics Association exhibition and, more recently, the 2006 SOFA catalogue. 

Guy has been the recipient of a National Craft Acquisition Award and her work is in the collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. 

In 2009 Guy was a member of the organising committee for the 1st Australian Ceramics Triennale. She also established CELSIUS, an online peer-reviewed journal for the disciplines of ceramics, glass and jewellery and object design.

Selected publications


Ceramic Surgery, Criterion Gallery, Hobart, 2010

Erehwons, Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space, Sydney, 2009

The Good, the Bad and the Muddy, Mori Gallery, Sydney, 2009

NoWhere NowHere (Erehwon), Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space, Sydney, 2007

Reading Room, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane, 2000


Clothes Maketh: The work of Clare Bond, Black Cat Publishing, Sydney, 2010

'Bad Manners and Family Dinners', CELSIUS, Issue 1, 2009

'Tides of Hair', Lino, Issue 18, 2007

'Never Ever Been a Blue Calm Sea', red sea blue water exh. cat., Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, 2007

'Solids of Time: The ceramic works of William Lungas', Ceramics: Art and Perception, No. 67, 2007