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John, Jana — Showkitty

Louisville, KY


earthenware magnets, sculpture, ornaments

A native of Oklahoma, Jana John moved to Louisville in 2000 to continue newspaper work. She has been working in clay since 1985. Her interest and love of cats is reflected in the designs of her handmade pottery and jewelry. Finding that her own cats have lots of personality, Jana tries to capture this in her work.


Working out of a studio at home, Jana hand-builds both decorative and functional pottery from terra cotta clay. She uses slab construction techniques, rolling out the clay with a rolling pin, and cutting out her shapes freehand. Clay masks are Jana’s specialty and her signature pieces all have cat motifs. She makes cat shaped masks, platters, bowls, spoon-rests and pins which she finishes with bright and colorful glazes.

Jana’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft in Louisville, KY, at Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; the Gallery Janjobe, Louisville, KY; River’s Edge Gallery, Erlanger, KY; and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.