Jan Bovard is a ceramic artist who lives and works at her studio on a seven acre macadamia nut farm, which is nestled on the fertile slopes of Hualalai Mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii.
She has been working with clay since 1973. In the past forty years, she has traveled extensively throughout Asia, the Pacific and Europe, and has gathered inspirations and techniques from thirty seven different countries. One of her most recent trips was a return trip to Japan, where she was invited to participate as a resident studio potter at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park for six months.
Jan’s early training as a potter was inspired and encouraged by the late architect and potter, Joseph Wertz, who himself had studied with the masterful Living Treasure, Shoji Hamada of Japan. Jan’s pottery has been strongly influenced by the Japanese culture.
She presently exhibits her work in Hawaii at the LAVENDER MOON GALLERY , Kainaliu , Big Island, and in Japan.The latest show is of 500 CUPS at LAVENDER MOON. Her pieces can be found in private collections throughout America, Europe and Asia.
She thinks of herself as a functional potter, who likes to have her pottery used, touched, and handled on a daily basis. She says,” I am always experimenting with different clays, glazes, method of treating the clay and techniques. In working with clay I feel that I have touched the core of my being………a few times. It is a meditation that frees me from all other thoughts, and brings me a feeling of joy and peace. There is also the never ending challenge of the clay. I know that I will not live long enough to execute all the ideas I have, but for now I am living in paradise doing what I love to do”.