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About the Artist

I have always loved to draw, but when I saw my first stoneware pottery, I fell in love.  As my ceramic career progressed I went from throwing pots and creating functional vessels to hand-building sculptural pieces.  It was a great life, travelling to the American Craft Council Exhibits in Baltimore and then filling orders from my home studio.  Eventually, after 30 years, the difficult handwork and smokey raku and pit firings took their toll and I knew it was time to retire.  

The decision to retire was difficult, but I had begun to draw again, having discovered that I could still make realistic two-dimensional art, even after all those years.  So I attended a few workshops in botanical art and learned how to work with watercolors, and I just keep on working and learning. I am fortunate to live on five acres next to a large forest so I walk in the woods nearly every day with my English Shepherd, Frank. My most recent work is inspired by that forest and especially by the magnificent old growth stumps still evident in managed forest land which has been harvested over and over around them.  Yet those stumps remain as a reminder of all that has been lost and all that will continue to be lost to future generations.

 

I am a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the local chapter, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists, so I participate in exhibits sponsored by PNBA in the Seattle area. My work is represented by Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery on Bainbridge Island, and I am a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest.  

 

The work on this website is available for purchase unless it is marked sold.  All the images are available as archival prints that I make myself, and as 5 x 7 cards.  Contact me, Janurd@gmail.com, for information, or go to my Etsy page: www.etsy.com/JanHurdArt.  

Smoke-fired Pot

My Work in Clay

Hand-built Pit-Fired Bears
Wood and Raku
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