Bio – Janet Potter
The Glass Case
148 Colonel Nicholson Lane, RR#3
Janet has been working with glass since 1981. Having taken a stained glass course that year, she spent the next number of years in a “hobby-mode”, creating glass pieces as gifts for friends, relatives and associates at work. In 1991, with the help of a newly-purchased kiln, she discovered the art of glass slumping and fusing. Dichroic glass followed shortly thereafter (beautiful, elegant, vibrant when fired!). In 1993, she participated in her first craft show – The Christmas Craft Show in Kingston, Ontario. Several smaller shows followed. In 1996, she retired from Bell-Northern Research and established The Glass Case.
One of Janet’s specialties is stained glass horse panels which are based on pictures of specific horses. With her love of horses, these panels truly resemble the actual animal being portrayed. She has participated in various horse shows with smaller stained glass horse pieces: The Royal Winter Fair, The Capital Classic, The National Capital Show Jumping Tournament, and The Ottawa Dressage Festival to name just a few.
Janet also works with dichroic glass to create unique pieces of jewellery, including pendants, earrings, bracelets, brooches, cuff links and barrettes. Many of these are made by combining different colours and textures of dichroic glass, then firing them in a kiln at about 1500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Over the years, Janet has participated in several studio tours: specifically, The Red Trillium Studio Tour, the Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour and the Maple Run Studio Tour. She has been a member of the Kanata Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a member of the Capital Business Association. In 2010 and 2012, Janet was the winner in the Kanata Chamber of Commerce People’s Choice awards in the “Small Business in West Carleton” category. She has also been featured in various local newspapers, as well as the Our Homes (Ottawa) magazine.