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JANET MANSFIELD (1934- 2013)
Janet Mansfiled (l) pictured with Goro Suzuki (c) and Jun Kaneko (r)
Early this morning, NCECA learned that potter, writer, editor and publisher Janet Mansfield had passed away in Sydney, Australia. Janet was hugely prolific in her work and international in her outlook. After training in ceramics at the National Art School, East Sydney in 1964, she initiated a career that resulted in 35 solo exhibitions, and contributions to dozens of group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the US. She is represented in major public collections including The National Gallery of Australia; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse), NSW; The National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery; Festival Collection, South Australia; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania; Ariana Museum, Geneva; Municipal collections Jingdezhen, China; Foshan, China. Her work has appeared in international publications and she participated in symposiums, conferences and as a juror in many countries.
Elaine Olafson Henry, Editor/Publisher
Janet was present at every NCECA Conference beginning in 1992 until last year when she was unable to join us in Seattle, many of them as a presenter. Her devotion to ceramic art, personal vibrancy, intelligence and generosity of spirit made the work of makers, thinkers and writers throughout the world feel more connected, thoughtful and meaningful.