Janet Hero Dodge

Janet Hero Dodge earned a BA degree in art history at Carleton College. In 1967, she received a scholarship between her junior and senior year to study Japanese aesthetics and pottery with potter/teacher Kioshi Kanetsune in Kyoto, Japan. After she graduated from Carleton in 1968, she began studies lasting five summers between 1968-71 and 1973. She also attended Pond Farm workshops founded by Marguerite Wildenhain. During this period she also earned an MA degree in ceramics at Mankato State University in Minnesota. Dodge was an artist in residence at Rochester Junior College and taught at Mankato State and at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT. She then moved to Roscoe, MT, to establish Pioneer Pottery. At the pottery she and her partner make production ware including mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and special orders. She has exhibited widely throughout the Midwest and western states. Dodge says of her work: “My pottery is primarily functional, participating in and enhancing the experience of daily living. My pots communicate most personally when handled and used. I decorate them in response to my own encounters with nature.” The “Heron Vase” donated by Dodge to the Pond Farm Collection is stoneware with incised decoration. The decoration is carved on the leather-hard surface and brushed with terra sigillata. A wax resist was applied over the decoration of five white herons moving across a solid charcoal background on the vase exterior. The collar and band around the base are glazed blue.
Source of Biography
Kidder, Lyn. “Pioneer Pottery.” Ceramics Monthly. 46:6 (June/August, 1998), 79-82;Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and her Pond Farm Students. Curated by Billie Sessions. San Bernardino, CA: California State University, 2002; Pond Farm Collection: Works of Art Created by Students Who Studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Studio. Text by Jane Kemp. Decorah, IA: Luther College, 2003
Related collection
Pond Farm Works