I met Jean around 1994. I was not happy where I was taking pottery lessons and my mother told me about Jean. She had a studio in our town and she was supposed to be amazing. The pottery family I became part of in Jeans studio, The Kick Wheel, saw me threw some very difficult & some very joyous times. I studied and practiced with Jean until we moved from Connecticut to Virginia in 2004. I have to say leaving Jean and all my pottery buddies was one of the few things I regretted about moving south. Jean and I kept in touch. She called me to make sure I was continuing my pottery and keep me up on her life and all the friends at the studio. I of course would call her when something went wrong in the kiln or studio so she could help me figure it all out. Jean's own works were shown on a regular basis in shows all over NY & CT.
Below are the Museums that now own some of her works:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Twentieth Century Dept.), New York, NY - 1 porcelain Smithsonian Institute (History & Technology), Washington, DC - 2 porcelains Yale University Art Museum (American Decorative Arts & Asian Dpt.'s), New Haven, CT - 10 porcelains Museum of Art & Archeology, University of Missouri @ Columbia - 1 porcelain Museum Haartz Ceramics Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel - 1 porcelain Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change, Atlanta, GA - 1 porcelain Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY - 1 porcelain Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT - 1 porcelain Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY - 1 porcelain Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY - 1 porcelain New Fairfield Historical Society, New Fairfield, CT - 1 porcelain Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT - 1 porcelain
Who's Who in American Art, 2009 to present
Very Impressive! So was watching her throw. Jean threw only porcelain and only on a kick wheel. She always made it look effortless!
Jean was many things in her life but mostly she was my friend. I am dedicating this page to her. She taught me all I know of pottery and the love of good porcelain. We lost Jean on August 30, 2013, a sad day indeed.
Jean Mann was an amazing person, her website is still up take a look.