Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sticks & Stones Studio, Art by Jan Kolenda

When I first saw this amazing “treepot” by Jan Kolenda, I was entranced by the beauty of her creativity. Her incredible "treepots" represent a close connection to the plants which inspired their creation.

Live Oak Treepot
8" x 12" x 13"

As an Internationally Exhibited and National Award Winning clay artist, Jan Kolenda’s ceramics have claimed their devotion to representations of nature.

Bracket Fungus Pitcher
10" x 12"

Blue Fish Platter
13" x 2"
Private Collection

Fetish Casserole Dish
12" x 7"

As Artist-In-Residence, Jan's relief ceramic tile mural,“Our Backyard Wilderness,” came into being. The mural depicts 55 animals on an outside wall at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.

The Initial Section
Jan Kolenda

"Our Backyard Wilderness" 2014
Sawgrass Nature Center

& Wildlife Hospital

"Our Backyard Wilderness" 2014
Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital

In collaboration with Bob Bagley's woodworking expertise, woods including spalted maple, cuban mahogany, australian pine, and indian rosewood have merged with Kolenda's ceramics for stunning results.

Inflorescence Form 2010
Indian Rosewood and Ceramic
17" x 24"
Woodwork by Bob Bagley

Working with concrete, Scuter the tortoise became part of Jan's Gopher Tortoise Burrow, an interactive sculpture for children to explore at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Hospital.

Scuter the Tortoise
Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital

Gopher Tortoise Burrow
Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital

“My art starts out in that quiet place of childhood memories where play and exploration are intermingled. There is a feeling of wonder and excitement as nature’s secrets are revealed. As I work, I slip back to those early years where discovery was play and now creativity and memory give way to play. It would please me to know that those viewing my work would join me in this childhood joy.” ~Jan Kolenda

See more of Jan's amazing creations on Facebook, Pinterest, and her Website,
Sticks & Stones Studio.


Photos used with permission by the artist.


  1. Oh wow, that is really fascinating!
    My favorites are the first pot and especially that tortoise, it's gorgeous.

    1. She has some other treepots on her Website, but I believe this one is my favorite of them all. I had not seen the tortoise until I began researching her work, and he is perfect for the children's area at Sawgrass Nature Center. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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    1. Me, too, and I'd love to have one of her treepots. Thank you for commenting!