Understanding Hiroe Swen and her ceramics: Essays
Essay by Grace Cochrane
Hiroe Swen: Australian Heroine!
A context for her influential career
Over more than 50 years, Hiroe (nee Takebe) Swen has been a major inspiration to those working in Australian studio ceramics, bringing a particular perspective that was unusual at its outset and has remained a significant example to others ever since. .
Essay by Chiaki Ajioka
Hiroe Swen in Japan: pre-Australian years
Early life to the 1950s
Hiroe Swen was born in 1934 in Kyoto, as the elder of two daughters of the Takebe family.[i] For over a thousand years Kyoto was the centre of arts and culture, and the Takebe family had lived there for generations..
Essay by Meredith Hinchliffe
Pastoral Gallery 1973-2003 : History
Cornel and Hiroe Swen built and ran the Pastoral Gallery on the outskirts of Queanbeyan, NSW. It was one of the earliest galleries run by artists. The gallery was highly respected and successful for thirty years….