Updated: Nov 15
Pottery has always been there for Janet O’Malley. While she was raising her kids and working in health care, pottery was an outlet for her. “If the world is falling apart around me,” says O’Malley, “getting my hands on clay will completely make it worthwhile.”
In April of this year, Janet O’Malley became a full time artist. She created an at home studio for pottery and works completely from home. The internet has been greatly beneficial in building a community of supporters; Facebook groups and online marketing have been wonderful resources for O’Malley. She is even part of an online pottery school!
Arlington Open Studios has been another supportive platform for O’Malley and her artwork. “Pam does a great job marketing the show,” she says. “It’s a really nice community of artists; everybody is very supportive and they share a lot about their process and the ways in which they sell their art.” This will be Janet O’Malley’s second year at the open studios.
Living so close to Boston provides O’Malley with plenty of inspiration. She often takes trips to the MFA and wanders around their Egyptian art wing, taking note of the intricate patterns, shapes, and carvings potters have been using for thousands of years. If she could go back in time to see a piece of art for the first time, she would go back to see the famous David statue being carved for the first time. Visit Janet O’Malley and her business JeLO Designs at Arlington Open Studios, 11 AM - 5 PM, November 12th, 2022 at the Town Hall, first floor.