Jun 4, 2012
This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter and educator Janet DeBoos. Reknown for her finely thrown porcelain work, Janet is featured in numerous museum collections and publications. She says of her forming methods, "I work at the limits of thrown porcelain, finishing all work whilst the ware is still wet on the pottery wheel, and throwing as thinly as it is possible to do without complete collapse. I do not turn or trim the porcelain... but try to always 'go with' the clay and retain the freshness of the act of making. It becomes almost a game that I play with myself-pitting technique against material." Her approach yields gestural forms that are expertly decorated with Chinese, British and Australia decorative motifs.
In the interview we discuss her experience working with indigenous communities in Australia, her tenure as professor at the Australian National University, and her collaborations with Chinese ceramic factories. For more information on her work please visit the ANU website at http://soa.anu.edu.au/staff/janet-deboos. For more information on the podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.