Janice Tchalenko

Born: 1942
Place of Birth: Rugby, Warwickshire
Died: 2018

Janice Tchalenko was born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1942. She specialized in undecorated domestic stoneware and developed a reputation as a highly competent thrower. She learned to throw at Putney School of Art, working as a potter’s assistant and as an art therapist at the Priory hospital. From 1969 to 1971 she took the vocational pottery course at Harrow School of Art, a highly practical training that taught production throwing, kiln and wheel building and glaze and clay technology. She became an outstanding thrower and was recruited by Colin Pearson to teach the skill at Camberwell School of Art (1972-87). There she encountered the ceramic artist Glenys Barton, thus meeting a whole generation of outstanding female graduates from the Royal College of Art – Alison Britton, Jill Crowley, Carol McNicoll and Jacqui Poncelet. They partly inspired her to turn to freer forms and vivid colours as did her travels in Russia and Iran. Tchalenko went on to teach at the Royal College of Art (1981-96), being elected a fellow of the college in 1987. She had countless exhibitions including permanent displays at the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as major venues across the world.

Public collections include: The British Museum, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Los Angeles County Museum and the Musée National de Céramique de Sèvres, France.


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