I was born in Pennsylvania as Janice Sweeney. When I married Perry Joplin, I became famous overnight, but I've always said my greatest work of art is my son, Ian. I began working in ceramics as an apprentice with several different potters while earning my degree in Fine Arts at San Antonio College.
I work primarily in ceramic stoneware and mix most of my glazes. Although my first love is clay, I also occasionally paint and work with metal and glass.
No matter what I'm working on, I'm always using bright colors and patterns to add a "fun" factor.
I moved to Texas in 1980 and studied art with a passion. My home studio is surrounded by my art, all of them bright and whimsical like my "Fun Seeker" cow. The "Fun Seeker" was a life-sized cow I donated to the Houston Cow Parade, which benefits M.D. Anderson's Children's Cancer Clinic. It's covered in my signature "Beach Ladies," who are all out to have fun.
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