Janet DeBoos is strongly associated with the exploration and use of Australian materials for clays and glazes, and has written a standard text on this subject. 1 Her work is domestic in scale and intention, its form and use of materials builds upon Australian traditions of functional ceramics. In this work, DeBoos explores the use of functional forms to investigate the nature of the shared domestic object. Through its deliberately 'anonymous' materials and its variations on repetitive forms, the work becomes an object of contemplation, carrying with it a sense of community and shared values.
1 Janet DeBoos, Handbook for Australian Potters, Melbourne: Methuen LBC, 1999
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010