After 25 years of working with clay, Janel
came to be a carver of wood. Interest in carving began while
she learned to make pottery. As a maker of functional pottery
in the early and mid 1970's she combined drawing, clay and
her love of nature to begin carving on tiles and pottery vases
for short periods of challenging and stimulating exploration.
In the late 70's compelled by a need to carve
new ideas, Janel began carving for increasing periods of time
exploring new ideas and methods. She always returned to making
pottery for income until the mid 1980's when she decided to
stop pottery making, to devote all her time to carving.
At that time, Janel was carving images in shallow-relief on
wheel-thrown, porcelain lidded boxes, vases, and shallow bowl
forms which were then enhanced with celadon glaze.