While Janet McGregor Dunn has been dabbling with art since she could first hold a crayon, her first forays into the art-sales world began with a paintbrush in hand. However, once she was introduced to clay at a friend’s studio, she knew she’d found her true niche.
She began her clay journey using a kick wheel then moved to the electric wheel. Somehow, sitting still at a wheel didn’t quite fit her always-on-the-move personality. Once she moved into hand building she never looked back. She often quips that her wheel is similar to that rarely used piece of exercise equipment many use to hang clothing on — she frequently uses her wheel to hold boxes.
McGregor Dunn combines her love of nature, music and color in each piece of pottery. If you took a peek through the window of her studio you might find her dancing to a tune as she worked on her latest piece of ceramic art. Most of her pieces are hand-formed and all are one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated. She brings the outdoors into some of her work, using straw, rocks, plants or other found objects from the woods surrounding her studio.
All of her clay art, whether functional or decorative, has multiple glazes atop and many have added glass. Many pieces are glaze fired two to five or more times to give them depth and to build the layers of glaze and glass. From start to finish one of her works of art might take months.
She has received numerous awards through the years. In 2013 she participated in the first annual “Art Studio Tour” in Fayette County. The tour has continued to grow and was renamed the Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour (SHAST). In 2017 Janet began heading up the tour and expanded it to include artists in Coweta County.
McGregor Dunn is active in the community. She formed the south Atlanta art group Fine Arts And Crafts Entrepreneurs (FAACE) and continues to serve on the Board. The group is “all about the business of art” and was founded to assist artists in reaching their professional goals. FAACE hosts a number of art shows each year in the southern crescent area with The Magnolia Fine Art Festival as the main art festival, held in Peachtree City, GA.
She served on the Advisory Board for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. She also served on the Board of the Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop, a non-profit which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support numerous worthy charities in the South Metro area, chaired the local American Heart Association and worked with numerous other charities. She also headed up the effort to gather artists to paint chairs for the successful Chairity Event to benefit The Children’s Village at Christian City during its ten year run.
Additionally, in her “spare time”, she designs websites and manages social media for a variety of profit and non-profit groups. In her past life she managed bookstores, then moved into the corporate world working for the Federal Home Loan Bank. She left the Bank to start her own successful PR & Marketing company and started a number of on-line news sites – all of which she put aside as her art career blossomed.