Janine Louise Ceramics

Janine Louise Ceramics

About The Artist

Janine Louise Littrell • Yacolt, WA

After art college, I became a professional stain glass artist in a glass studio for 15 years. During that time, I was introduced to clay. I attended many classes and workshops and fell in love with hand building. I have had several works of my art, including clay monoprints, exhibited in California. Currently, I primarily work with porcelain and various design concepts in creating my ceramic vessels. I have great inspiration looking out of my studio windows of beautiful nature views.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

All pieces using porcelain are folded and layered to create a textured vessel portraying a feeling of fluidity or motion. The glaze applications are very time consuming and rigorous. I try to make each vessel as thin as the porcelain will allow. Each piece is fired to bisque cone 06 and then the glazing applications are applied. Once dry, each piece is fired to cone 6.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

First, I love working with my hands... I'm a hands-on person and very much enjoy the tactile feeling of working clay. I'm also an avid lover of nature and the outdoors and am a unapologetic collector of twigs, branches and anything unusual I find on walks in the hills. These finds of nature and the beauty of each tree and flower I see, provide sufficient inspiration that allows me to work in solitude for many hours in my studio.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I guess it might be interesting to know that I have carpel tunnel in my hands as well as a tear in my shoulder... something I don't usually talk about, but impels me to continue to create art as long as possible.