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The Australian National University

Janet DeBoos

Visiting Fellow
Ceramics
janet.deboos@anu.edu.au
Location: Ceramics Workshop

After completing a science degree, Janet DeBoos studied ceramics at East Sydney (National Art School) in 1970/71. She has taught at and been in charge of ceramics at various colleges in Sydney (St George and Randwick TAFEs) and was Head Teacher at East Sydney when she retired from fulltime teaching in 1980 to run a production pottery for almost 20 years.


Full Biography

 After completing a science degree, Janet DeBoos studied ceramics at East Sydney (National Art School) in 1970/71. She has taught at and been in charge of ceramics at various colleges in Sydney (St George and Randwick TAFEs) and was Head Teacher at East Sydney when she retired from fulltime teaching in 1980 to run a production pottery for almost 20 years.

 

She has written (or co-authored) three books on glazes (Glazes for Australian Potters, More Glazes for Australian Potters and Handbook for Australian Potters), been invited speaker at national and international conferences, and conducted workshops or demonstrations in most states of Australia, the USA and China.

She is an editorial consultant on Ceramics Technical and Ceramics-Art & Perception, and a regular contributor to these and other journals. She received Australian Research Council Grants for 1996, 1997 and 1998 to examine the stability of barium glazes.

 

 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2010 Scratching the Surface  Narek Galleries   Tanja NSW Australia
2008 Entropy and other considerations Skepsi on Swanston Gallery  Melbourne VIC Australia
2006 Sublime    Narek Galleries   Tanja NSW Australia
1996 Living Dangerously   ANU SOA Foyer Gallery  Canberra ACT Australia
1994 Memories of the Domestic Life Ceramic Art Gallery   Sydney NSW Australia
1991 A Change of Scenery  Narek Galleries   Tharwa NSW Australia
1985 Janet DeBoos   QLD Potters’ Association Gallery Brisbane QLD Australia
1980 Recent Work   The Potters’ Gallery  Sydney NSW Australia

Group Exhibitions

2010 In Good Company (Fuping +3 ) Masterworks Gallery  Auckland NZ 
  Teawares: Dreams of Arcadia Jam Factory   Adelaide SA Australia
  Funktional    Leach Pottery   St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
      Korero (Ceramics in conversation)         Yingge Ceramics Museum           Taiwan
  Winter: ‘time of water’  Sabbia Gallery   Sydney NSW Australia
  Convergence    Philadelphia Art Alliance  Philadelphia USA
  Daily Delights   Narek Galleries   Tanja NSW Australia
Chinese Year of the Tiger  Teapot Exhibition   Shanghai PRC

Tutors Exhibition     Bribie Island Arts Centre

 

2009 Invited Resident Exhibition  Watershed Centre for Ceramic Arts Maine USA
  Huaguang Symposium   Shandong Ceramic Industry Expo Zibo PRC
Trans-Pot   Nanjing Fine Arts Academy  Nanjing, PRC
  On the Table 2    Planet Furniture   Sydney NSW Australia
  Conversations    Sabbia Gallery   Sydney NSW Australia
  Chinese Year of the Ox  Teapot Exhibition   Shanghai PRC
  Maestro’s: Australian Studio   Sabbia Gallery   Sydney NSW Australia
  The World of Small Things  Craft Victoria   Melbourne VIC Australia
  Country Show   ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
  Fuping – In good company  Skepsi on Swanston Gallery  Melbourne VIC Australia
  Delicate Touch III    Narek Galleries   Tanja NSW Australia

2008 Narratives: Masters   Sabbia Gallery   Sydney NSW Australia
26th Gold Coast Int’l Ceramic Award Gold Coast Arts Centre  Gold Coast QLD Australia
Int’l Mouse/Rat Teapot Exhibition Zhujiajiao Exhibition Centre  Shanghai, China

2007 Studio Pieces   Craft ACT   Canberra ACT Australia
  Freestyle    Object Gallery &    Sydney NSW Australia
     National Art School   Sydney NSW Australia
  The World Exhibition: Lucky Teapot 327 North Main Street  Zhujiajiao, Qingpu District, China
Scottsdale   ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia

2006 CAPO: Art Auction   National Portrait Gallery  Canberra ACT Australia
  Japan Links   ANU Drill Hall Gallery  Canberra ACT Australia
  Teabowls    Sabbia Gallery   Sydney NSW Australia

2005 Impact    Watling Galleries   Brisbane QLD Australia
  Table Manners   Crafts Council Gallery  London UK
  De/sign/ed   ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
  On The Table   Planet Furniture   Sydney NSW Australia
  Prevision    Narek Galleries   Tanja NSW Australia

2004 collect    Victoria and Albert Museum  London UK 
Vessel: Diverse   Quadrivium   Sydney NSW Australia
  Celebrating the Master Part I  Skepsi on Swanston Gallery  Melbourne VIC Australia
   Sidney Myer Fund   Shepparton Art Gallery  Shepparton VIC Australia
  First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale Yingge Ceramics Museum  Taipei, Taiwan

2003 Imperial Porcelain 4317  Skepsi on Swanston Gallery  Melbourne VIC Australia
  Collaborations: Artists & Musicians ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
  Fuping – In Good Company  Skepsi on Swanston Gallery  Melbourne VIC Australia

2002 Factor of Ten   ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
21st Int’l Ceramic Art Award  Gold Coast City Art Gallery  Gold Coast QLD Australia
  Satisfaction   Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Lake Macquarie NSW Australia     (National touring exhibition)
  IAC 50th Anniversary conference Benaki Museum   Athens Greece
  6th Int’l Ceramics Competition  Exhibition Hall, Ceramics Park  Mino Japan
  Hands On    Object Gallery   Sydney NSW Australia
  Trademarks   Craft ACT   Canberra ACT Australia
  Ritual of Tea   Jam Factory    Adelaide SA Australia
  Material Culture   National Gallery of Australia  Canberra ACT Australia

2001 Craft for Christmas   Craft ACT   Canberra ACT Australia
  SOFA Chicago   Navy Pier    Chicago USA
  CSA Showcase: Jubilee  ANU Drill Hall Gallery  Canberra ACT Australia
  Composite of Opposites  ANU Drill Hall Gallery  Canberra ACT Australia
  Cowra Festival Art Awards  Cowra Art Gallery   Cowra NSW Australia

2000 Minimal    Fusions Gallery   Brisbane QLD Australia
  Toowoomba Biennial Award  Toowoomba Regional Gallery Toowoomba QLD Australia
  Strength to Strength  Craft ACT   Canberra ACT Australia
  Group Show   Sturt Gallery   Mittagong NSW Australia
  Janet DeBoos & Patsy Hely  The Ceramic Art Gallery  Sydney NSW Australia
  Ceramics – the Australian Context Campbelltown City Art Gallery Campbelltown NSW Australia

1999 Rice Bowls   Jam Factory    Adelaide SA Australia
City of Hobart Art Prize  Carnegie Hall   Hobart TAS Australia
  diVerSe    The West Australian SOA & Design Perth WA Australia
  Taking Tea   The Old Bakery on 8th Gallery  Perth WA Australia
  Eizan Line   ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
  White    The Ceramic Art Gallery  Sydney NSW Australia
  Salad Days   The Ceramic Art Gallery  Sydney NSW Australia

1998 Sidney Myer Fund   Shepparton Art Gallery  Shepparton VIC Australia

1997 Purple Sands   JBK (gallery)   Amsterdam, Holland
   Teawares   Distelfink Gallery   Armadale VIC Australia
Images of Sustainability  Watt Space   Newcastle University, NSW

1996 Connected   ANCA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
  SOA Ceramics - Staff exhibition Pastoral Gallery   Quenbeyan NSW Australia
  15th Int’l Gold Coast Ceramic Awards Gold Coast Arts Centre  Gold Coast QLD Australia
  Sentinel    Manly Art Gallery & Museum  Sydney NSW Australia
The Bowled and the Beautiful ‘96 The Moore Building   Fremantle WA Australia
  Townsville Ceramic Competition Perc Tucker Regional Gallery  Townsville QLD Australia
  ANU SOA Staff Exhibition  ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
22nd Alice Craft Acquisition  The Araluen Centre   Alice Springs NT Australia

1995 15th International Ceramic Art Award Gold Coast Arts Centre  Gold Coast QLD Australia

1994 The Bowled and the Beautiful  THE DOOR Exhibition Space  Fremantle WA Australia

1993  Cloudbusting   ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
  A Touch of Tanja   Bega Valley Shire Art Gallery  Bega NSW Australia

1992 National Craft Acquisition exhibition NT Museum of Arts and Sciences Darwin NT Australia

1991 Thirteen Artists in Three Dimensions ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia
  Teapots     The Potter’s Gallery  Brisbane QLD Australia

1990 Commonwealth Bank Ceramic award ANU SOA Gallery   Canberra ACT Australia

1986 First National Ceramic Award  The Canberra School of Art Gallery Canberra ACT Australia

1985 Ceramics: Eat, Drink and Be Merry Gryphon Gallery   Melbourne VIC Australia

1984 Different Approaches

Qualifications

1974-75  Fine Arts and Italian, Sydney University
1971-72  Diploma in Education, Mitchell College of Advanced Education, Bathurst
1970-71  Ceramic Certificate, East Sydney Technical College (National Art School)
1966-69  B.Sc Sydney University

Grants and Awards

2010  College of Arts & Social Sciences Distinguished Visitor Grant for Anton Reijnders/Netty van den Heuvel
2009  National Association for the Visual Arts Professional Devt. Grant
2006   Canberra Critics Circle Award for Visual Arts, Canberra ACT Australia
2001   ANU Flexible Learning Scholarship    
1999   UMAP (University Mobility Asia Pacific) Travel / research to Korea
1998   Ian Potter Foundation Award, Travel to East-West Symposium, Hawai’i
    UMAP (University Mobility Asia Pacific) Travel / research to Japan
1997   Small ARC Grant, ANU, Barium Glaze Stability Project – Part II (2 yrs)
1996   ACT Department of Cultural Affairs Travel Grant – China Symposium
   Alice Craft Acquisition Award, Highly Commended
  Acquisition Award, Gold Coast International Ceramic Award
1995   ARC Grant, ANU, Barium Glaze Stability Project – Part 1
1994   Northern Territory Craft Acquisition Award
1993   Australia Council – Project Grant

Design

2003- present
Honorary designer at Huaguang Bone China                                                  
2009 organised factory symposium for nine artists, Huaguang bone china factory,
Zibo, Shandong Province, PRC
2007 Huaguang bone china factory, Zibo, Shandong Province, PRC
limited edition collaborative work with decoration by Prof. Zhang Shouzhi
2006 pourers designed for manufacture by Songfa ceramics Chaozhou
2003 Huaguang bone china factory, Zibo, Shandong Province, PRC
invitation to design for production of porcelain domestic wares
 
2002  PaolaC Ceramics / Aldo Cibic Design, Milan - www.paolac.com
invitation to design for production of porcelain domestic wares

 

Education outreach activity

Current   Head of Ceramics at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra
2008-present Ernabella Indigenous Arts Centre/ Remote Communities projects
 
1999    Founded the first international university undergraduate award course in ceramics run in distance mode at the ANU in Canberra.

1979 – 1980 Head of Ceramics at East Sydney College (now the National Art School, Sydney)
before retiring from teaching to manage her own production pottery Brindabella Pottery for over twenty years in partnership with her husband. 

1983-1987 Ran summer residential courses at Brindabella Pottery

1973 – 1975 Ran the first wood fire residential schools in Australia at Mudgee (near Gulgong).

Judging

2008  Ignition: Awards for Excellence   Suncoast Clayworkers

(earlier judging events to be updated- including Gold Coast, New Zealand, South Africa)

Other

2011  advisor and discussant for Cheonggju International Craft Biennale

 

Professional memberships/boards etc

International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva (IAC)
Craft ACT (Professional Accredited Member)
National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts
National Tertiary Education Union
ACT Colleges Art Accreditation advisory panel (2002-2010)
National Institute of the Arts Academic Board (1996-1998)
National Institute of the Arts Academic Committee (1994-1998)
National Institute of the Arts Professional Experience Committee Member(1996)
ANU School of Art Committee (1999-present) 
ANU School of Art OH&S Committee (2008-2011)

Publications

Self-authored Publications

Books -   1989 More Glazes for Australian Potters, Janet DeBoos co-authored (Australia)
   1984 Handbook for Australian Potters Janet DeBoos (Australia) reprint 1989
   1978 Glazes for Australian Potters, Janet DeBoos co-authored (Australia) reprint 1981,1983

Research Papers -  2011 Microbes and Metaphors Conference Papers
    A Hand in Beauty
   1999 British Ceramic Transactions Journal
    Living Dangerously: barium glaze research project

Selected Articles -  2010 Journal of Australian Ceramics-
    Beyond Teaching
   2009 Craft Arts International-
    Janet Fieldhouse
    Artlink vol29 #2 (After the Missionaries)
    China Welcomes Australian Ceramics
   2008 The Journal of Australian Ceramics
    The Changing Face of Ceramics Education – ‘the state of clay’
   2008 New Ceramics magazine
    Janet Fieldhouse (profile)
   2007 Ceramic Review
    Industry, Design and Studio Ceramics
   2007 Craft Arts International magazine
    Janet Mansfield (profile)
   2005 The Journal of Australian Ceramics
    using clay/coming home - Recent work by Janet Fieldhouse
   2005 The Journal of Australian Ceramics
    Handmade? Designed? what does it mean? 
   2005 Object magazine
    Whiter than White: A marriage of materials and desire
   1998 Ceramics Technical magazine
    Craft Skills and a Way of Learning
   1998 Ceramics Technical magazine
    A Really Virtual Cup
   1997 Ceramics Review magazine
    Memories of the Domestic Life
     

Other selected Publications (represented)

Books -  2011 The Pot Book, Edmund de Waal (UK)
  2009 Contemporary Ceramics, Emmanuel Cooper (UK)
  2008 Masters – Porcelain: Major Works by Leading Ceramists, Richard Burkett (USA)
  2006 Freestyle, Grace Cochrane (Australia)
  2005 Collectors Guide to Australian and New Zealand Ceramics, Janet Mansfield (Australia)
  2003 Porcelain, Peter Lane (UK)
2002 Porcelain, Jack Doherty (UK)
  1998 Ceramic Design, Peter Lane (UK)
  1995 Australian and New Zealand Ceramics, (Australia)
  1980 Ceramics, Glen C. Nelson (USA)

Articles -  2009 Vogue Living Australia magazine
   All in Hand, Helen Redmond
   Artichoke magazine                                                                                        
   Janet DeBoos profile
  2008 Ceramics, Art and Perception magazine
   Janet DeBoos, Ceramics: Entropy and Other Considerations
   Christopher Sanders
  2008 Keramiek magazine
   Zo Chinees al seen Theepot
   Tineke Van Gils
  2002 Craft Arts International magazine
   Material Culture: aspects of contemporary Australian craft and design
   Robert Bell (review)
  2002 Object magazine
   Material Culture: aspects of contemporary Australian craft and design
   Meredith Hinchliffe (review)
  2002 The Canberra Times
   Decorative arts earn a place in the sun at gallery
   Helen Musa (review)
  2001 ANU Reporter
   Opposites to attract at Drill Hall
  2000 The Sydney Morning Herald: Domain
   Local Heroes: Contemporary Australian artefacts make the best souvenirs
   Melissa Penfold
  1996 The Daily Mercury newspaper
   Potters win praise from NSW judge
  1985 Pottery in Australia
   Janet DeBoos
   Jeff Shaw (review)

Related activity: On editorial advisory committee for Ceramics, Art and Perception magazine since inception.

Collections

 

Australian National University Collection, Canberra Australia
Ballarat Regional Gallery, Ballarat VIC Australia
Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst NSW Australia
Benaki Museum, Athens Greece
Canberra Museum and Gallery, ACT, Australia
Capricornia Potters’ Collection, Gladstone QLD Australia
Ceramic Arts Magazine Collection, Taipei, Taiwan
Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD Australia
HAP Pottery collection, Beijing, PRC.
Manly Museum and Art Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Museum of China, Beijing, PRC
Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Alice Springs, Australia
Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin, Australia
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney  NSW Australia
Queensland Potters’ Association, Brisbane, QLD Australia
Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei
Toowoomba Regional Gallery, QLD Australia 
University of Western Sydney Collection, Sydney NSW Australia
Zibo Ceramic Museum, Zibo, Shandong, PRC

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