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About me
Jan Rentenaar_firing_ceramics_kiln

As a fourth-generation Oregonian, I take inspiration from the tall trees and long legends of the Pacific Northwest. Clay has always been a part of my life as my mother, Gail Goodrich, was a clay sculptor as well. I received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and now my work can now be seen nationally in Texas, Washington, and New York.

In 2010, I was invited to Sapporo, Japan, to study at the Sapporo Museum of Modern Art. Later in 2015, I was a finalist in the “National Bonsai Pot Competition” at the Washington D.C. National Arboretum. I'm a featured artist at “The Artisan's Cup” Bonsai exhibit at “The Portland Art Museum”. 

Compositions, such as “Deschutes White” and “River Dog” made by local legend George Wright give me a wonderful variety of color and strength to work with. The clay can reflect the texture of cloth or the coarseness of stone. 

I have several kilns in my home studio, electric and propane. Hiroshi Ogawa, an Oregon potter, built a wood-fired kiln in Elkton, Oregon over 25 years ago. I have had the good fortune to be invited to fire this immense kiln. Many of my bonsai pots have been transformed by these Anagama and Noborigama kilns. The ceramics result in colors affected by wood ash and soda steadily built up over a seven-day firing.

The name of my company “Legendary Art” refers to the wealth of inspiration I get from legends of the Northwest Native Americans, the Japanese, and many other cultures. These legends have timeless and universal themes of love, greed, trickery, and humor. My sculptures all have a tale to tell. 

The Evergreen State College

Bachelor of Arts

Olympia, WA

“Saga Goryu” School of Ikebana 
12 years 


The Henjyoji temple in Portland, OR

Three certificates

Jan Rentenaar freeform bonsai ceramic
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