Writings

The Process of Making a Pot

Notes from Demo at AABC Conference, May 2010 by Janet Selby

Clay: Rocks from mountains have been washed down millions and millions of years ago and have aged and seasoned, deposited in lower valleys and worn down. When local clay deposits are discovered they are mined, taken to a factory, pulverised to powder and then mixed…
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A Drawing Lesson with Magritte

I have the class for one hour. We are all ceramics students, taking turns to give each other a drawing lesson. I begin with an overview to my approach to my studio ceramics work. The theme for my art is the Australian bush, its qualities, influences and…
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Penjing and Bonsai, and Giacometti

What message do I want to convey? That art is a way of seeing, brought out by keen awareness, and study of the essence of nature. This keen awareness, I practice with zazen. Others cultivate awareness through other means. Art of bonsai brings together for…
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Heart of the Artist

Who is an Artist? Who is it that is being an artist? Is art a self-conscious activity or a spontaneous moment? Is it the thinking, planning mind, which expresses something to others, or is each moment a unique expression of our Self? Divisions are created by the mind….
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Chasing Clouds

Chasing Clouds by Janet Selby At the top of the misty mountain, moisture from the swirling clouds was joining together becoming a trickle of water. The trickle began to move down the slope, becoming bigger. The water was on a journey with no end. Stumbling…
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Rainbow Man

Rainbow Man by Janet Selby The earth had been made, almost as we see it now. The ocean had been formed and the mountain features carved, and the wind had been made guardian over all things. But when Rainbow Man first appeared everything was grey….
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Tale of the Exploding Jizo

March 2004

I made my first Jizo statue a few years ago, before I began sculpture classes at Tom Bass’s sculpture school, and before I knew anything about Buddhist iconography or symbols, or characters. I had seen Jizos before when I visited Japan and loved the statues…
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The Art of Treading

The Art of Treading by Janet Selby First of all, I’d like to introduce myself as a visual artist, not a verbal artist, so in order to show you where I’m coming from, I’d rather let the art speak. But I can help with a…
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How I Sketch a Place

June 2012

When I am out and about and I see a landscape that catches my attention, I don’t take a photo with a camera. Neither do I make an illustration. I try to capture its story. When I am in a place I get a feel…
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Circles of the Wheel + A Family Connection

Previously published as “A Family Connection” p25, Journal of Australian Ceramics November 2004

The Leach Kick Wheel in Australia The back seat of the old 1935 Gray Dodge was slippery going around the corners, especially for us four children in the back. Visiting Nanna and Grandpa at 44 Minter Street, Canterbury was a regular occurrence. This is the…
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The Tree Who Couldn’t Fly

There was once a tree that lived beside a river. This tree was full of wonder at the birds when they passed through his branches and rested there each year. “How far they have flown!” exclaimed the tree. “They fly so beautifully. And the fish…
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Insight into Zazen

May 2004

Talk given by Janet Selby at Annandale Zendo, May 16 2004 I’ve been coming here to meditate now for about 9 years, but I wouldn’t consider this to be a dharma talk. I’m not a teacher. All I can do is share with you that…
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Artist Statement 2010

Fascinated by the connection between humans and the natural world, Janet explores the real experience of place and presence. In the bush suburb where she spent her childhood, she became barefoot and intimate with the spirit of the place. The underlying profound happiness has been…
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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...
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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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