At that time she recalled an earlier introduction
to netsuke, a wonderfully expressive and complete form of sculpture
on an intimate scale. They suited her pattern of examining small bits
of the natural world in her carvings.
In 1990 Janel began to carve
netsuke and ojime from porcelain as a way to separate and preserve
the delicate shallow-relief carving from the boldly emerging three-dimensional
During the next years, shallow-relief carving on porcelain
lidded boxes and shallow bowl forms alternated with porcelain netsuke
and ojime carvings.