As an art major exploring various mediums, I was immediately drawn to clay and its tactile nature. The ability to transform clay into various shapes and forms by hand, sometimes using the potter’s wheel, intrigued me. The thing I still find most delightful is the trompe l’oiel aspect of clay—appearing to be something other than clay entirely. Using found objects such as shells, fabrics, tree bark, wooden carved stamps and more; I transform the surface of the clay into something rich in textural and visual imagery. These surfaces are emphasized by being washed or rubbed with glazes, underglazes or pigment stains.
I also enjoy making and using functional pottery, incorporating texture whenever possible. Most of all it is my desire to create pieces that invite others to explore them both with eyes and hands. I’m inspired by sharing in the delight of making these art forms and creating a bond between us. Janet Rodriguez completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts in the field of Ceramics from the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas in May, 1972. In 1979 she received a Master of Religious Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She taught pottery at Ursuline Academy in Dallas from August of 1972 to May of 1979 and at Nolan High School in Fort Worth from August of 1979 to May of 1983, taking commissions and creating her own works in her spare time. In August of 1983 she went into pottery business full time, opening Hart Street Pottery in East Fort Worth. This is a studio for the production and sale of functional and decorative wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. In 1995 a teaching studio was added where Janet teaches classes on a regular basis. Her works are made from white stoneware clay fired in a gas kiln to 2350 F. This type of clay and firing produces a highly durable ware with rich colors. These rich and brilliant, yet often soft and subtle, colors have become a hallmark of her work. Manipulated edges and cut rims are also identifying traits of her creations. The line of work Janet makes includes such functional items as baskets, mugs, bowls, pitchers, cookware, serving pieces, canisters and some religious altar ware. Her unique hand built pots combine layers of rich texture, varied glaze applications, and unusual shapes.
A native Texan, Janet resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, Joe, and daughters, Jessica and Jane. In addition to selling from her studio, Janet has sold her work at fine art fairs such as Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, Texas, Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso, New Mexico, Royal Oak Clay and Glass Show, Royal Oak, Michigan, Rockport Art Festival, Rockport, Texas, and Artfest, Dallas Texas.
In November of 2012, Janet was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Fort Worth Chapter) on National Philanthropy Day, as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the year, for her work with Tarrant Area Food Bank Empty Bowls Event.