‘Leaving Home’ ceramic series by Janet DeBoos

Made by DeBoos, Janet in Brindabella Range, Australian Capital Territory, 2005.

Canberra ceramicist, Janet DeBoos made this group of twenty porcelain vessels in 2005 as part of her ‘Solitary Pleasures’ series. Titled ‘Leaving Home’, the group includes a colander, teapot, tray, jugs, bowls, cups and saladiers (oil and vinegar bottles) to form a portable and essential collection of tableware for the person living alone. DeBoos describes the group as ‘a travelling kit of endless potential pleasure for the person who is leaving home, whether they are doing that by choice or nec...


A series of twenty domestic vessels and utensils, including a tray, teapot, two saladiers (oil and vinegar bottles), colander, three jugs, three coffee cups, three cups, five bowls. The group is titled 'Leaving Home' and is part of Janet DeBoos' 'Solitary Pleasures' series. The vessels are made from wheel-thrown porcelain and coated with a clear glossy glaze. The forms are ribbed with a semi-translucent surface. A hand drawn paper diagram for displaying the series is also included.


Janet DeBoos made this series, 'Leaving Home', in 2005 at her studio in the Brindabella Ranges, west of Canberra. She has been living and working there for the past thirty years. The pieces are made from wheel thrown Australian porcelain with a clear glaze, oxidation fired to 1300° C. They are designed to respond to the 'changing demography of Australian society', and the increasing number of people who live alone yet care for themselves by using objects that are well-made and beautiful (correspondence, DeBoos, Sep 2005).

Since graduating from East Sydney Technical College in 1971, DeBoos has developed a significant body of work that focuses on domestic themes. Her work appears in a number of Australian museums and galleries and has featured in many solo and group exhibitions. In 1998, DeBoos was appointed Head of the Ceramics Workshop at the Canberra School of Art (Australian National University) where she continues to teach. She has published three books on pottery: 'Glazes for Australian Potters', 1978; 'Handbook for Australian Potters', 1983; and 'More Glazes for Australian Potters', 1988.
DeBoos, Janet 2005


Purchased with funds donated by Planet, Sydney, 2005
22 December, 2005

Cite this Object

'Leaving Home' ceramic series by Janet DeBoos 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/319325>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/319325 |title='Leaving Home' ceramic series by Janet DeBoos |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=24 November 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
Know more about this object?
Have a question about this object?