Just a wee note regarding Artist of the Day Month. As promised I will include everyone that has sent me images - and we have more than enough now, so as a special bonus the month will continue into the new year. Which in my opinion is the best way to start out the year. Could you imagine if we had artist of the day all year long? Oh how fantastic...Anyhow my dear readers you are always welcome to send me more images and statements and I will always share them with the Musing community. However in regards to the giveaway contest - any entries received by midnight on Saturday Dec 12th will be eligible (that means that even if you are showcased in the new year you are still eligible so log as you get in by this deadline). I do need some sort of a cut off day, so there you go. Otherwise at this rate I might have to add another prize!!! You're all so worthy!!!
For those that didn't get around to sending in their stuff this time round not to fear another Artist of the Day month will rear its head again sometime in 2010 so get your stuff ready to go. And don't forget the second prize is won by writing comments and the comments have been pretty quiet so far, so some of you have a much better chance of winning! : )
But now on to the important stuff - our talented artist of the day!
For as long as I can remember I have loved clay. I am both captivated and enraptured by it. It leaves me feeling in awe of life. I have always felt connected to this wondrous soft and sensuous material and it inspires me to acknowledge the depth of the human spirit and soul. When I made the decision to enter into this field, there was an instant acknowledgment within that this was what I had longed for my whole life through.
My primary focus revolves around functional forms, pieces that are lovely to look at, to hold, and to use. I believe that through handling and using pottery, that its true beauty is revealed; it’s amazing how a piece of mother earth can be transformed into something that has a spiritual connection, a functional purpose, and an everlasting impression. Hence, the pieces I specifically design for people are always created with their daily rituals in mind. Because I primarily work in oxidation (electric kiln), it seems necessary to give more attention and thought to surface design and decoration. I love to explore glazes and reactions to one another.
I recently took a week long course on slip decoration, which not only enhanced my skills as a potter, but gave me the opportunity to connect with other potters; such connections are inspiring because it gives more clarity to where I am at creatively and also direction to where I hope to be in the future.
Janson Pottery was started by Janet Holson Mazzer in 1995 after she completed a full-time ceramic art & design program at George College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "I remember my first encounter with clay as a young child making mud pies at the side of our home. I loved the feel and the texture of it." "When I entered high school, I sought out the ceramics programs and remember feeling totally enraptured by the process. I left it behind and always kept that connection in the back of my mind and knew that someday I would return to it." "After many years of working in the accounting field, I had an opportunity to take a part-time course at George Brown College. I remember trying to recall what I was so taken by. It wasn’t long before I felt the return to the place that I felt captivated by. I decide to enroll in the full time program. After completing my studies, Janson Pottery was born." In October of 2002, her functional work was featured on Sue Warden’s "Craftscapes" and in the November of 2003, Janet was also featured on Sue Warden’s "Creative Spirit" on the Home & Garden Television Network. "In 2004, we relocated our family to a quieter life in beautiful Midland, Ontario. Today, I still have the affection for this wondrous material and now divide my love for pottery and sculpture with my love for family."
My website address is www.jansonpottery.com