Jana grew up in the Czech Republic. She finished Social and Law Academy in Jihlava and moved to the United States 15 years ago. Jana started taking pottery classes 9 years ago at Centennial Art Center and fell in love with clay. She enjoys playing with the glazes and tries to make pottery in her own unique way.
Jana says she strives to make comfortable and beautiful plates, bowls, and mugs for the home that enhance the pleasure of food and the nourishment of the soul. She also finds it necessary to produce functional pottery that may help to remind us of our earthly surroundings and our ability to create and enjoy the handmade/homegrown in our daily lives. In addition, Jana also makes pottery wall art.
Nature, including the beautiful flowers of Spring and sea corals, plays a large role in the inspiration for both the design and decoration of her pottery. Jana says that, “these colors and patterns roll around in my memory, synthesize and are drawn out over the clay, either in the way I shape wet, newly thrown clay or apply brush strokes of ceramic colorants to the surface. It is my intention for each piece to be unique. This uniqueness, I hope, reminds the user that it is handmade and not part of our mass-produced world.”