Teaching Tuesday featuring Janet Deboos


IMG_3089Visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston yesterday, I came across this beautiful set of porcelain entitled, “That Time of the Morning”.  It was created by Austrailian ceramicist Janet DeBoos in 2009.

I wanted to know more about this ceramic artist…. This is what I found out:

“Janet DeBoos has had a significant impact on contemporary ceramics in Australia, having been the Head of Ceramics at the Canberra School of Art at the ANU for over 10 years. DeBoos exhibits regularly both in Australia and internationally and is represented in many major permanent public collections in Australia, UK, Canada, China, Taiwan, Belgium, and New Zealand including the National Gallery of Australia, The National Museum of China and the Musee de Mariemont, Belgium.

She has written two best selling books on glazes, co-authored Handbook for Australian Potters and has written numerous articles for Australian and international ceramics journals on ceramic art practice, education and glaze technology. Her work has appeared in those same publications, and most recently has been included in The Pot Book by Edmund de Waal (UK).

DeBoos is an influential artist and teacher and a passionate and tireless advocate for her medium. Over the last sixteen years she has become a regular visitor to China – engaging in projects with industry as well as undertaking residencies, and teaching at the China Academy of Art. She has also inaugurated a biannual trip to China for students from the ANU Ceramics Workshop to the porcelain capital Jingdezhen.” This biography was found at Sabbia Gallery. I found more information at the School of Australia where Janet teaches.

How did her work get to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston? It looks like it was purchased from an exhibit in 2012 called Engaging Form at the Skepsi Gallery, or from the International Academy of Ceramics members’ exhibition in the New Mexico Museum of Art by the American Museum of Ceramic Art in California.

I was recently listening to podcast #77 by Tales of a Red Rambler.  It is an interview with Vicki Grima.  She is the editor of the journal of Australian Ceramics.  When asked what someone should write about when submitting an article to her, she replied… “something that interests you.” I found it ironic that here I was in a Boston Museum, seeing ceramics that interested me, researching it and coming full circle to learning about Australian Ceramics. Jump over to Australian Ceramics Association and Ben Carter’s podcast to hear more about ceramics in Australia.