Wyckoff’s love of nature, in particular the ocean, is evident in her work. Living in the midwest for much of her life, she says trips to the ocean have always been significant.
In fact, after retiring from a 30 -year career in banking and real estate, Janice moved with her husband to North Carolina specifically to be close to the ocean. This is where her relationship with clay began.
“The first time I felt the clay between my hands, it’s as though my heart connected to it. I started thinking three-dimensionally. I couldn’t stop creating.”
She began studying pottery with acclaimed instructor Jane Truesdale, here at Sunset River Marketplace in 2010. She has also studied with Natalie Blake Studios, Vermont and visits Seagrove, N.C. often to research pottery and share insights with the artists there. She takes workshops when time permits.
Working out of her home studio, Janice makes each piece carefully and with love, using only food-safe clay and glazes. “I learned to throw pottery,” the artist says, “but I prefer hand-building because the creative techniques seem endless – carving, all sorts of raised design, and more.”
Wyckoff studied business at Ohio’s Youngstown State Univeristy and real estate at Hondross College of Real Estate in Akron, Ohio.