About Us

My name is Janice Shaughnessy and my inspirations come from many places. My love for pottery began back when I was a small child building sandcastles at Powder Point in Duxbury Massachusetts. Some memories I have are of the brisk ocean breeze sifting sand across my sand castles leaving a soft layer of texture sparkling in the sunlight. Then the tide would come in and transform my castles into a soft organic abstract design and eventually disappear. As an adult I am captured by the metaphors. One of my current interests and areas of exploration is with Cone 10 reduction firing. In 1976, I studied under the renown watercolor artist Phoebe Flory in the Historic Village of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. It was there I learned about spontaneity and not over working art. I bring with me my watercolor experience when I work with Shinos and the subtleties of color with my glazes in particular Copper Reds. In 1983, I graduated from Plymouth State University as an art major concentrating in Ceramics and Printing. I learned my technical throwing skills from Potter, Jim Simister. After graduating from college I taught art at Waterville Valley Academy and then raised a family and helped run the family business. Later, I developed Shaughnessy Web Design. Several of my sites received recognition at the NH Internet Awards. In 2006 I purchased Phoebe's home and built an addition behind the studio for a kiln room . Presently, I am a juried member of the NH Art Association and a member of the NH Potter's Guild. The studio known to Phoebe and her students is now home to Pottery@PhoebesBarn where I teach classes, create my art and administer this web site.

16 North Main Street, Mont Vernon, NHPhone: 603-673-3410