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Jan Schachter

Biography to Display: 


1963 BA Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

1963-1967Greenwich House Pottery, New York, New York

1970-1978Old Church Cultural Center, Demerest, New Jersey

1970-1978Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York


1978—Studio Potter


Jan Schachter is best known for her hand-thrown, stoneware, functional vessels.

Typical forms include casseroles, bowls, mugs, jars and cups. For these she has developed distinct glazes and a series of highly refined forms. Her other work includes wood-fired porcelain and sculptural pieces. See Peggy Forman for examples of slab built porcelain forms done as a collaboration.

Since her introduction to clay at age 6, Schachter has continued to pursue ceramics. She took courses at Greenwich House Pottery while working in New York City and continued working with clay while raising her children. In 1978 she moved to Palo Alto, California and set up her first studio, Plum Tree Pottery, in Mountain View.  She now works as a full-time studio potter out of her home studio in Portola Valley.

Schachter is actively involved with the Bay Area clay community and craft organizations including the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA) the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

AMOCA, Pomona, California

Bermuda National Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Bibliography to Display: 

"Jan Schachter: Potter - a California Artist Is Committed to Making Well-Crafted Pots That Are Unapologetically Functional." Ceramics Monthly, 2006.

"Potter’s Council Calendar." Alternative Firing, 2016.

Snyder, Jeffrey B., ed. Ceramics Today. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2010.

Turner, Anderson. Throwing & Handbuilding: Forming Techniques. Westerville, Ohio: American Ceramic Society, 2007.


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Typical Marks

Impressed seal from a stamp with initials "JLS" and "Jan Schachter" inscribed with a softly pointed tool - Jan above and Schachter below the stamp.

Trapezoidal plate
Date: 2007
Form: Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab-Built (Slab plate, on clay feet fired in a salt kiln.)
Surface Technique: Brushwork
Photo: Richard Sargent
Photo: Artist
Yellow Bottle
Date: 2011
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown (Thrown form, wood fired with salt, refired in gas to cone 10.)
Surface Technique: Glaze, No Decoration
Photo: Richard Sargent
Photo: Artist
Black Ash Storage Jar
Date: 2011
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Extruded (Thrown lidded vessel with wood ash glaze fired to cone 10 in a gas kiln.)
Surface Technique: Ash Glaze
Photo: Kim Harrington
Photo: Artist
White Satin Casserole
Date: 2014
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown (Stoneware, fired to cone 10 in a gas kiln, handle: extruded coils and applied.)
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Kim Harrington
Photo: Artist
Square Plate
Date: 2014
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab-Built (Slab fired to cone 10, mark created with a roller from India that is used for massage.)
Surface Technique: Glaze, Textured Surface
Photo: Kim Harrington
Photo: Artist
Date: 2015
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 22, 2019.