Australian Art


AKA: Janet Mansfield

Born: 1934 Sydney, Australia
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Janet Mansfield has been a potter for more than forty years. After her training in ceramics at the National Art School. East Sydney, she has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas. She is represented in most major public collections in Australia and her work has appeared in publications throughout the world. She has been an invited participant in symposiums, conferences and as a juror in many countries. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 1981 and currently vice-president of that organisation, Janet Mansfield has received a number of awards for ceramics including the 1986 Award of the Australian Ceramic Society. In 1987 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to art, especially ceramics. In 1990 she received the Emeritus Award for art from the Australia Council. In 1999 she received the award of the Ceramic Arts Foundation, Ceramics Millennium, Amsterdam. Lifetime achievement awards have been granted her by NCECA (National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, USA) and the International Festival of Ceramics, UK, both in 2003. In 2004 she was endowed with a Doctorate of Letters from the University of Tasmania. She has written a number of books on ceramics and is publisher/editor of the journals Ceramics: Art and Perception and CeramicsTECHNICAL, international publications of high quality. For many years she has worked in the salt-glaze and wood firing ceramics aesthetic, giving workshops and lecturing internationally on this subject.

Born Sydney, Australia, 19 August, 1934
Training in Ceramics at National Art School, ESTC. 1964, 65

Thirty five solo exhibitions in Australia, Japan (1985, 88, 92) and NZ (1972, 73, 86) since 1968
National and Invitational exhibitions throughout Australia.
National Craft Exhibition World Craft Council, Art Gall. of NSW, 1974
Recent Ceramics: Australian exhibition touring Europe, 1980-83
Contemporary Australian Ceramics touring USA & SE Asia, 1982-84
Invitational exhibitions in many countries including:
Fletcher Brownbuilt Internationals, New Zealand
1st World Triennial of Ceramics, Yugoslavia, 1984
International Exhibition, Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 1985
International Artists' Exhibition, Tennessee, USA. 1985
Invited Guest Exhibitor, NZ Society of Potters, Christchurch, NZ 1986
Salzbrand, Handswerkskammer Koblenz, W.Germany, 1986,89
Biennale Internationale de Céramique d'Art, Vallauris, France, 1986
Ceramics Internationalé, University of NSW, Ceramics 88, 1988.
International Artists' Exhibition, Hungary, 1988; 2002. WoodFire 89, touring various venues
Salt-glaze Exhibition, Amaury St. Giles Gallery. Tokyo. 1989
Tachikichi Corporation, Kyoto and Tokyo, 1989; solo exhibition Kyoto, 1998.
International Academy of Ceramics , Geneva, 1982, Australia, 1988; Scotland, 1990; Japan, 1996; Canada, 1998; Germany, 2000; Greece. Galeri b15, Munich, Germany, 1999;
Galerie le Vieux-Bourg, Switzerland, 1992; Kunst and Keramiek, Holland 1993;
Museums in Oslo and Lillehammer, Norway, 1993; Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1998, 2001;
Mino Kami City Festival, Japan, January, 1994; Galerie Nørby, Copenhagen, 1994
Korea symposiums (2 venues) 1994; Edmonton and Victoria, Canada, The Works Festival, 1994;
Prague Museum of Contemporary Art, Czech Republic, 1994; Korea, 2001
Faenza Museum of Ceramics , Italy, 1995; Potters of Influence, Illinois, 2000;
Marianne Heller Galerie, Heidelberg, Germany, 2001; Skaelsker, Denmark, 2001;
Alpha Gallery, UK, 1994; Contemporary Ceramics, London, UK, 1994; Aberystwyth, Wales, 2001;
University of Maine, US, 2002. Solo show Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN, 2003. Freeman Gallery, Hobart, 2003. Celebrating the Masters, Skepsi, 2003. Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, 2004.

Craft Board Grants to study in USA., 1975; to research salt-glaze processes, 1976; to exhibit in Japan, 1985; to have trainees in 1986, 1987, to travel to Hungary for Symposium, 1988; Australia-Japan Foundation Grant to study in Japan, 1977
Australian Ceramic Society Biannual Award for Ceramic Design 1986
Order of Australia for Contribution to the Arts, Honours, June, 1987
Awarded Honorary Life Membership Ceramic Study Group, 1987; Canberra Potters Society, 2002
1990 Australia Council Emeritus Award for services to art and ceramics. Ceramic Art Foundation, NY, Lifetime Achievement Award; Ceramic Millennium Award (Amsterdam) 1999. Citizen of the year, Mudgee Shire, for services to art, 2002. Member of Honor, NCECA, US, 2003. Lifetime Achievement Award, UK, 2003. Regis Master, Northern Clay Center, US, 2002. Prizes for ceramics in competitions. Doctor of Letters, University of Tasmania, 2004/

Represented in 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 Jinderzhen, China; Foshan, China.
Regional galleries, city & college collections in Australia and overseas including USA, Hungary, Japan, UK, NZ, Canada, Norway, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland.
Janet Mansfield /Vita continued

Invited participant, Spotkane Symposium, Gippsland, 1985; International Symposium, Tennessee, USA,1985; Tasmania '86, 1986; Woodfire '86, '89 and '92
Ist International Salt-Glaze Symposium, Kecskemet, Hungary, 1988
Speaker, Symposiums, Australia, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, UK and USA
Keynote speaker, Edmonton, Canada, 1998; Perth, Australia, 1999; Hamilton, Canada, 2000;
Invited by various organisations to give workshop in Australia and overseas
Invited juror, national and international competitions including Mino, Japan; Faenza, Italy; Vallauris, France; NCECA Juried exhibition, USA; Gold Coast, 1986 & 1996; Clayart, First International, USA; Fletcher Challenge, NZ; Shepparton, Australia; Hangzhou, China; APSA, South Africa; Koblenz, Germany; Iowa Woodfire, 2004. Westerwald, Germany, 2004. ConeBox show, US, 2004.

President Ceramic Study Group, 1968-69
President Craft Council of NSW 1972-73
President Potters' Society 1985-86
Executive Member of Crafts Council of Australia, 1971-75
Special Committees of Crafts Council of Australia since 1975
Titular Member of International Academy of Ceramics since 1982
Member Art Advisory Committees, art colleges in Australia.
Member Friends of Ceramics International Committee, USA
Member San Bao International Committee, China
Honorary member various organisations

Author and Editorial work
Pottery Support Yourself Series Collins 1986
A Collector's Guide to Modern Australian Ceramics Craftsmen's Press, 1988
Salt-Glaze Ceramics: An International Perspective. Craftsman House. 1991.
Contemporary Ceramic Art of Australia and N Z, Craftsman House, 1994
Recent Ceramics catalogue
The Potter's Art Cassel Australia 1981
Editor of Pottery in Australia ,1976-1990
Editor of Ceramics: Art and Perception from 1990
Editor of CeramicsTECHNICAL from 1995
Articles, photographs and text of work has appeared in:
Crafts in Australia, Women in Australian Craft, Craft Australia, Pottery in Australia, Ceramics Monthly (USA), Ceramic Review (UK), Keramic creativ (West Germany), Ceramics- A Potters' Handbook by Glen Nelson (USA), History of World Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper (UK), Studio Ceramics by Peter Lane (UK), Ceramic Spectrum by Robin Hopper (Canada), The Potters' Manual by Kenneth Clark (UK), The Potters' Art (Australia), Keramik de Welt by Gotfried Boorman (West Germany), Ceramica Decorazione by Nino Caruso (Italy), The Masters of Modern Ceramics, 1984 (Faenza Italy) Keramos, July 1984 (West Germany), Ceramica (Spain) 1986, Arts National, 1986, New Zealand Potter, 1986, Artists and Galleries of Australia edited by Max Germaine, 1986, The New Ceramics by Peter Dormer (UK), 1987. Crafts (UK.) 1987, Craft Arts 1988. Neue Keramik (Germany), Ceramic Form by Peter Lane, (UK) Clay Statements 1 and 2 by Anderson and Hoare, Australian Ceramics at Shepparton Art Gallery , A Collector's Guide to Modern Australian Ceramics by Janet Mansfield, 1988. Hands in Clay by Charlotte Speight (USA) 1989 Salt-Glaze Ceramics: An International Perspective. by Janet Mansfield, 1991. La Revue de la Ceramic et du Verre. (France)1992. Oz Arts, Australia. 1992. Art File, Australia. 1992. The Crafts Movement in Australia. A History by Grace Cochrane. 1992. The Complete Potters Companion 1993 by Tony Birks (UK); CraftsWest National. 1992. Western Australia. Keramik Magazin (Germany) 1994. Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery by Robert Fournier (A&C Black UK). Contemporary Ceramic Art of Australia and NZ, by Janet Mansfield. 1994, (Craftsman House, Australia); Wood-fired Stoneware & Porcelain by Jack Troy, USA; Salt-Glaze Ceramics by Rosemary Cochrane, UK; Wood fired Ceramics by Coll Minogue and Robert Sanderson, UK; Studio Practice by Andrew Young, UK; Smashing Glazes by Susan Peterson, USA; The Craft & Art of Clay by Susan Peterson; Decorative Ceramics by Matthias Ostermann, Canada; National Ceramic Magazine 2001, South Africa; The Log Book, Scotland; Salt-glazing by Phil Rogers, UK, 2004; catalogue essay in John Parker, NZ; The Persistence of Craft by Paul Greenhalgh, UK, 2004.


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