is Janice Shaughnessy and my inspirations come from
many places. My love for pottery began back when I was a small child building
sandcastles at Powder Point in Duxbury Massachusetts. Some memories I have are
of the brisk ocean breeze sifting sand across my sand castles leaving a soft layer
of texture sparkling in the sunlight. Then the tide would come in and transform
my castles into a soft organic abstract design and eventually disappear. As an
adult I am captured by the metaphors. One of my current interests and areas of
exploration is with Cone 10 reduction firing. In 1976, I studied under the renown
watercolor artist Phoebe Flory in the Historic Village of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.
It was there I learned about spontaneity and not over working art. I bring with
me my watercolor experience when I work with Shinos and the subtleties of color
with my glazes in particular Copper Reds. In 1983, I graduated from Plymouth State
University as an art major concentrating in Ceramics and Printing. I learned my
technical throwing skills from Potter, Jim Simister. After
graduating from college I taught art at Waterville Valley Academy and then
raised a family and helped run the family business. Later,
I developed Shaughnessy Web Design. Several of my sites received recognition at
the NH Internet Awards.
In 2006 I purchased Phoebe's home and built an addition behind the studio for
a kiln room . Presently, I am a juried member
of the NH Art Association and a member of the NH Potter's Guild. The
studio known to Phoebe and her students is now home to Pottery@PhoebesBarn where
I teach classes, create my art and
administer this web site.