Janice Tchalenko

Janice Tchalenko trained as a studio potter in the late ‘60s. For ten years she produced hand thrown tableware in the ‘Leach’ tradition, but then introduced new shapes and bright colours to set a whole new agenda for the studio pottery movement.

In the early 80s’, Next Interiors asked her to design a range of giftware for their new shops, and at the same time she became chief designer for Dartington Pottery, creating their signature ranges in high fired reduction stoneware. She also worked with Designers Guild on a range of fabrics based on her ceramic surface patterns.

With Dartington Pottery she has won the ‘Manchester Prize for Art in Production’, and the Radio 4 Enterprise Award, for ‘Small Business of the Year’. More recently she was the winner of the Laura Ashley Fellowship.

Alongside making individual exhibition pieces, she has collaborated with painters and sculptors, exploring common ground between fine art and ceramics. One of her most fruitful projects was with the ‘Spitting Image’ workshop, the outcome being an exhibition ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Currently she is working with designers Queensberry/Hunt with a project in Chaozhou, South China, and with Poole Pottery, Stoke-on- Trent, both for the John Lewis Partnership.

She has been a part-time lecturer in art achools most of her career and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art. Her work is included in many public collections both nationally and internationally.

Born  1942, Rugby, Warwickshire, England

 Workshop Pottery course at Harrow School of Art

Recent Exhibitions
  The Scottish Gallery
2006/7  The Scottish Gallery, Summer Show
2005  The Scottish Gallery, Summer Show
2003  Los Angeles Decorative Arts Fair, Dimont Gallery
‘30/30/ Vision’, Crafts Council, touring
2002  ‘Pattern Crazy’, Crafts Council, London
2001  Collect, Victoria & Albert Museum, with Adrian Sassoon
Scottish Gallery Edinburgh, June
‘An Industry of One’ Designer- Makers in Britain
1981-2001, Crafts Council, touring
‘Home Sweet Home’, British Council touring
Scandinavia and Australia
2000  Contemporary Applied Arts, London
‘British Keramic’, Grimmerhus, Denmark

Recent publications
  ‘Ten Thousand Years of Pottery’, 
Emmanuel Cooper Uni. Pennsylvania Press
2005  ‘Still Spitting at Sixty’ Roger Law,  Harper- Collins
2004  ‘Private View’ Tricia Guild, Quadrille Publishing.
2000  ‘Sources of Inspiration’, Crafts Magazine, 165 July/Aug

Public Collections
Ashmolean Museum Oxford
British Council, London
Cleveland County Museum Service
Contemporary Arts Society
Crafts Council, London
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
George Wenger Collection, Stoke-on-Trent
Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries
Helsinki Museum of Decorative Art, Finland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art,  U.S.A
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Nottingham Museum
Paisley Museum, Scotland
Scottish Galleries and Museums
Shipley Museum
Southampton City Museum and Art Gallery
Stockholm National Museum, Sweden
Stoke-on-Trent Museum
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Victoria and Albert Museum
Walker Museum, Liverpool





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