City of Design day Eight – Janet Deboos

Thursday, 3 November 2023

Janet De Boos Ceramics


Janet Deboos is one of Australia’s most important living ceramicists and her impact on contemporary Australian ceramics has been significant.

The Head of Ceramics at the Australian National University School of Art for over 10 years, Deboos is a renowned and talented maker whose work is held in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of China and the Musee de Mariemont, Belgium.

Deboos is particularly well known for her ongoing investigations into form, the production of multiples, and cross-cultural exchange. Over the last sixteen years she has become a regular visitor to China – engaging in projects with industry as well as undertaking residencies, and teaching at the China Academy of Art.

Deboos has also written two bestselling books on glazes, co-authored Handbook for Australian Potters, and written numerous articles for Australian and international ceramics journals on ceramic art practice, education and glaze technology.

In 2015, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre presented a major retrospective of DeBoos’ work, curated by Peter Haynes.

Image: Janet Deboos, Domestic ware, 2003/4, Huaguang Zibo bone china. Photo by Rob Little

City of Design day Eight - Janet Deboos