Nova Scotia potter Janet Doble uses earthenware clay with a maiolica glaze on which she paints her colourful, festive, functional pottery

Janet Doble Pottery

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Janet Doble was born in England and immigrated to Canada as a young girl. She grew up in the suburbs west of Montreal, Quebec.  Her first real experience working with clay was in Morristown, New Jersey where she worked as a potter’s assistant for a year. She fell in love with the processes of throwing, loading kilns and glazing; the rhythm of production and the simple peace and satisfaction that it brought.  On her return to Montreal, a few years later she attended John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue graduating in 1984 with a diploma in ceramics. During this time her fascination with clay and the process of decorating developed into a passion that is with her to this day. She developed a particular affinity for maiolica; a white opaque glaze applied to earthenware clay on which she hand paints her floral patterns. Her inspiration continues to come from the lively bold colours of European ceramics.


Janet has a BFA in ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 1990 she did a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work has won awards two of which include Best Body of Work at Show of Hands, Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council summer festival 1998 and the Popular Choice Award presented by the Ottawa Guild of Potters at the Fireworks 2003 Exhibition in Ottawa.


Since living in Halifax, Janet has been actively involved with the arts community. For eight years she was president of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild helping to organize workshops and exhibitions. She has also been involved with Visual Arts News magazine, sitting for many years on the magazine committee some of those years as Chair of the committee.  Presently her position with the magazine is Advertising Sales Manager. In 2002 she began working on the Halifax Art Map a yearly publication which features the work of artist in the Municipality of Halifax


Janet Doble - Artist Statement