Strolling through the Jam Factory's galleries and studios, you get a sense of clean lines and modern designs, something almost futuristic, yet you turn around to find a heated flames bending glass in a medieval technique or the muddy hands of a potter shaping a ceramic object. It's about handmade and slow made- be it useful or contemplative.
The Jam Factory has been an icon of craft and design since its inception in 1973, showcasing the works of local and international industrial designers and furniture designers. Originally the Jam Factory was located in an historic old jam factory on Payneham Road in St Peters as craft training workshops, galleries, shop and artist's studios. In 1991 it moved to its current location - Morphett Street in Adelaide's West End Arts Precinct.
This is the place to get a gift that's unique or buy a 'conversation-starter ' for your living room. Or simple meander and marvel at the merging of simplicity and innovation. There's a constantly rotating calendar of events bringing together cutting edge local designers and international innovators.
Here's a taste of the work going on in the Jam Factory- In July, jeweller and silversmith Julia de Ville explores life and death in her gallery exhibition working with traditional gold and silver smithing techniques and human hair and taxidermy. There are furniture makers inspired by Japan and the Basque region of Spain. And for something different again, there is a series of images and films inspired by Gothic literature.
There's also a shop in Rundle St where you can buy the unique objects created by the Jam Factory's artisans (JamFactory Satellite Shop, Ground Floor, Rundle Mall Plaza).
Glassware made at the Jam Factory
You can take a course at the Jam Factory. You can learn Metal Design, Glass Making or Ceramics. Most classes are ongoing, up to seven weeks and in the evening of on Saturdays. See the Jam Factorywebsite for more details.
The Jam Factory also offers internship programs to develop Adelaide's emerging designers and also a two year full time course in pottery and ceramics.Click here for details on courses.
So, if you want to admire design or do a workshop, check out the Jam Factory.