About Me

This life, Just Now, Smiling

I grew up in the 1960s and 70s under the influence of my artist father.

After high school in suburban Sydney, I went to Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education, graduating with a Bachelor of Art Education in 1982.

Underlying these years was a deep affiliation with Asian art, particularly the calm grace of Buddhist images. The Sydney Zen Centre offered an introduction to Zen Buddhist practice that gave me the opportunity to further expand my interest in Asian art and culture. This influence found expression in my clay hand-building work that led to a sculpture studio at Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School where I attended for more than four years.

I have been a member of Sydney Zen Centre for 20 years and more recently, been involved in the Illawarra Bonsai Society. in 2011 I attained my Advanced Diploma in Ceramics from TAFE NSW passing with distinction.

In 2012 I was awarded a grant from Australia Council for the Arts to help develop my studio and work practice. This was gratefully put to great use.

I was awarded first prize in Hand Building category in Port Hacking Potters Biannual National Competition 2016.

Also, my bonsai club, Illawarra Bonsai Society recognised my artistic contribution in awarding me the Noel Summerill Perpetual Trophy 2016.

Resume

Education

  • Advanced Diploma in Ceramics - Distinction , Gymea TAFE -2007
  • Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, sculpture 1996-2002, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Sydney Zen Centre, meditation 1995 - present
  • Certificate in Ceramics, St George TAFE 1995
  • Certificate in Rudolph Steiner Education, Gleneon Steiner School 1994
  • Attended Desiderius Orban Studio, life drawing 1984-87
  • Bachelor (Art) Education, Post Grad (Etching), City Art Institute 1984
  • HSC 1977

Exhibitions

  • 2010 Bonsai AABC Conference - exhibiting and demonstrating bonsai pots
  • 2009 Zen Art Exhibition, Sydney Zen Centre
  • 2009 Tom Bass Student Exhibition
  • 2009 Palm House, RBG
  • 2009 Gallery Red, Glebe "Bloody Clay"

Publications

  • Mind Moon Circle, Journal of Sydney Zen Centre: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Journal of Australian Ceramics: Winter 2004 Family Connections; Review Nov 2008, Zen and Marketing 2009
  • Burra Nimu the Easter Bilby by Jeni Bright 2010
  • Bindi-eye Bop by Margaret Bradford 2011
  • Wireless-wise Kids by Lyn McLean 2012

News & Events

Annual Bonsai Club Show

Illawarra Bonsai Society Exhibition May 6-7, 2017 I am proud to be selling my pots at this wonderful show in...
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Chance to Purchase new pots 3rd March

Be the first to beat the mad rush for new unique bonsai pots. My latest designs always go quickly. However,...
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First in Handbuilding section

Port Hacking Potters National Competition 2016 Whistling Powerful Owl, sold

Bonsai Pots in Use

Good to see my pots in use. These trees are not my plants:- my pots are being utilised in various...
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Artistic Excellence Award 2016

Just before Christmas I was generously awarded the Noel Summerill Perpetual Trophy for Artistic Excellence 2016 by Illawarra Bonsai Society. So...
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Retrospective Exhibition Sept 14-Oct2, 2016

Works range from my HSC year 1977. I have been making things in clay since before that time. It will...
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Hobart Bonsai Convention May 2016

What a lovely weekend! A surprise awaited me at Island Bonsai Nursery, Hobart, Tasmania. There was one of my early...
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Garden Show to May 1st

Inner City Clayworkers Gallery Co-op “The Garden Show” Ceramics work by local potters and gallery members 6 April – 1 May...
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Platter Matters exhibition

Inner City Clayworkers Gallery, corner St Johns Road and Darghan Streets, Glebe. February 10 – 29, 2016.

Handbuilding Classes 2016

Janet is teaching handbuilding classes where you can come with an idea or pick up some inspiration to create your...
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Exhibitions

Annual Bonsai Club Show

Illawarra Bonsai Society Exhibition May 6-7, 2017 I am proud to be selling my pots at this wonderful show in...
Read More »

Chance to Purchase new pots 3rd March

Be the first to beat the mad rush for new unique bonsai pots. My latest designs always go quickly. However,...
Read More »

First in Handbuilding section

Port Hacking Potters National Competition 2016 Whistling Powerful Owl, sold

Bonsai Pots in Use

Good to see my pots in use. These trees are not my plants:- my pots are being utilised in various...
Read More »

Artistic Excellence Award 2016

Just before Christmas I was generously awarded the Noel Summerill Perpetual Trophy for Artistic Excellence 2016 by Illawarra Bonsai Society. So...
Read More »

Retrospective Exhibition Sept 14-Oct2, 2016

Works range from my HSC year 1977. I have been making things in clay since before that time. It will...
Read More »

Garden Show to May 1st

Inner City Clayworkers Gallery Co-op “The Garden Show” Ceramics work by local potters and gallery members 6 April – 1 May...
Read More »

Platter Matters exhibition

Inner City Clayworkers Gallery, corner St Johns Road and Darghan Streets, Glebe. February 10 – 29, 2016.

Handbuilding Classes 2016

Janet is teaching handbuilding classes where you can come with an idea or pick up some inspiration to create your...
Read More »

New Exhibition Space

Come and see my latest work in Glebe “Inner City Clayworkers Gallery is proud to welcome our newest member Janet...
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