Women’s History Month HERstory: Jane Hartsook of Greenwich House Pottery

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Jane Hartsook wearing glasses and smiling

Under Jane Hartsook’s leadership from 1946-82, the Pottery transformed from a settlement house workshop to become New York City’s first nonprofit venue for ceramics.

She offered countless artists the opportunity to teach and exhibit their work. In 1970, a permanent exhibition space was established which cemented the Pottery’s role as an important American ceramic arts center.

Hartsook also initiated the Pottery’s permanent collection, which features rarely-seen work by some of the renowned artists who have come through the Pottery’s doors. The Pottery continues to honor her commitment to emerging artists at the Jane Hartsook Gallery.

In fact, you can check out the work of Greenwich House Pottery artists now through April 17 in the gallery.