Student Spotlight: Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson started taking classes at NCC in 1991 and has been thriving in clay ever since. Janet says, “NCC is a stimulating place for me to enjoy creating all sorts of ceramic forms.” She taught high school art with a focus on drawing and painting, and since retiring has blossomed in the world of ceramics. She has enjoyed taking handbuilding classes with teaching artist Marion Angelica. This session, she is taking A Guided Study in Handbuilding with Franny Hyde, creating sculptural work.

Janet says that while she used to create functional work in porcelain, she has enjoyed her transition into figurative sculptures of animals made with Raku clay. Janet totes an array of animal photos with her to the studio, drawing inspiration from ceramic sculptors like Kelly Connole. She is currently creating a rabbit sculpture (pictured) and plans to tackle the challenge of a llama next. 

Janet has enjoyed her experiences at NCC, sharing that, “It’s a wonderful community of people who have a common interest in creating in clay.” Outside of her work at Northern Clay Center, she is interested in art journaling, watercolor painting, and botanical painting. She reads, visits art exhibitions and museums, grows flowers, and cares for her husband and two cats. We are excited to see where her sculpture takes her!