Guest Artist~Jana Smith

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My friend Jana is one of my favorite artists. She works with many different mediums, but her fortes are oil painting and pottery/cermaics. She studied fine art at MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washburn University, Kansas. She returned to school (Mankato University) a few years ago to become an art teacher, earned her Art Education degree, and was immediately placed as a teacher. She now teaches high school pottery and treats me to wonderful, handmade gifts that she’s created in her studio.

She made these beautiful brown and blue nesting bowls for Jeff and I as a gift for our 15th wedding anniversary. What a treat! I waited until I could get a picture of them in the morning light so you could see the gorgeous variations in the glaze work. I think they are the prettiest bowls I’ve ever seen, and I’ve already whipped up a batch of egg salad in the smaller bowl and put pizza dough in the big one to rise. I love that every time I use them I’ll be thinking about how my best friend made them for me.

photographs by Melissa Placzek

aren’t they beautiful?

Can’t wait to show you more of Jana’s art. Stay tuned!


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  12 comments for “Guest Artist~Jana Smith

  1. Sandy
    April 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Love the color art work in the bowl…Such fine art. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Melissa
    April 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I love the colors too. Blue and brown is one of my very favorite color combinations. So gorgeous. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Kimber Dunn
    April 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

    WOW those are beautiful!! You know so many talented people!! Jana, your students must love you!! Hope to see more of your work in the future!! Thanks for sharing Melissa!

  4. Melissa
    April 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    You’re welcome!

  5. Jana
    April 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the entry, Leisa; great photo of the bowls! -& Thank you Kimber and Sandy for your kind words 🙂

  6. Melissa
    April 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    You’re welcome sweet lady! Any time!

  7. Theresa Paré
    April 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    She just happens to be one of my favorite artist…she is amazing. I wonder if she has a studio that one migt buy a painting or a piece of pottery from?

  8. Melissa
    April 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t know.

    Hey, Jana, are you thinking of opening an Etsy site? or is there somewhere I could direct people if they want to buy one or multiple pieces?


  9. Jana
    April 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    If people are interested in a piece, you can direct them to my e-mail. I work in a pretty lo-tech manner and I have not updated my website in quite sometime.

  10. Melissa
    April 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    will do 🙂

  11. Chantelle
    April 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    GORGEOUS – the bowls, and the artist! Fantastic work, Jana….thanks for sharing them with us Leisa- I always love seeing all your “goodies”. 🙂

  12. Melissa
    April 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    You’re welcome Chantelle 🙂

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