Janice Tchalenko (1942-2018) trained as a studio potter at Harrow School of Art in the late 1960s. In the late 1970s she introduced new shapes and bright colours into her work, setting a whole new agenda for the studio pottery movement.
Alongside making individual pieces, she often collaborated with painters, sculptors and designers, exploring common ground between craft, fine art and design. She also worked widely with industry, including designing for Royal Stafford Pottery, Dart Pottery, Queensberry Hunt, Poole Pottery and the John Lewis Partnership.
Tchalenko was a part-time lecturer, first at Camberwell School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, for most of her career. Her work is included in many public collections, nationally and internationally. She was an active member of Contemporary Applied Arts since the 1980s and in recent years, until 2017, contributed her expertise to our Membership Selection Panel.
She was an inspiration to several generations of potters and had a keen eye for spotting young talent.