Janet Darnell was born in Grand Saline, Texas, USA in 1918. Her colourful early years involved moving to New York to work with sculptor Robert M. Cronbach and becoming involved with Federal Works Art Project. She was briefly married during Second World War and worked in a shipyard, undertaking welding.
Eventually she started work with clay and learned to use a potters wheel, coming to teaching pottery at mental health hospital in New York.
After meeting Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada at Black Mountain College, North Carolina she gained Hamada's agreement to go and work with him at Mashiko and traveled there in 1958, by cargo boat. Janet spent a great deal of time with Bernard Leach and eventually they agreed to marry, initially intending to live in Japan. However with Bernard's son David Leach leaving the Leach Pottery to establish his own studio they returned to England.
Textured pale body with tenmoku. 10 inches tall x 4.75 inches diameter. Impressed personal & Leach pottery marks - SOLD
Large Vase, H 32 x W 36 cm, with impressed personal and Leach marks - SOLD
Platter, H 9 cm x W 32 cm, with impressed personal monogram and Leach mark - SOLD
5.5 inches in diamater x 2.25 inches tall. Impressed personal seal & Leach pottery marks to base - SOLD