Jan Hoop was born June 26, 1950 in Kansas City. She graduated from Argentine H.S. in KCK in 1968.  She went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in speech and drama education from K-State in 1972 and a Master's Degree in Student Personnel and Guidance from Wichita State in 1979.  She taught high school English, drama and journalism for 36 years.  She retired from teaching in 2007 and discovered sculpting.  She began taking classes and was immediately hooked.  She returned to teaching part-time in 2008, retired a second time in 2010, and now spends as much time as she can allowing the characters inside of her to emerge from the clay.

Janice Hoop - Sculpture/ Artist


From the time I first touched clay, my work has come from the thing I find most dear to my heart….the people around me.  The clay allows me to connect with these people in both a spiritual and creative way. The characters I sculpt are people I once knew, people I barely knew, or people I'd like to someday meet.  I avoid realism in many of the characters and instead focus on combining humor and a bit of the whimsical.  I don't always have a clear concept of the piece as I first touch the clay, but soon, each of the unique characters begins to come alive.  As every human being has a story, so does each of my characters.  I try to tell a piece of that story and leave the rest to the imagination of the audience.
I work in terra cotta or stoneware clay.  The pieces are finished in glazes, acrylic paints and stains. The price of each piece is determined by the number of firings and the complexity of form and design.  If you are interested in any of the work shown or have a special project you would like me to consider, please contact me, and I will be happy to discuss it with you.

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Clay   Sculptures
Creations by  Janice  Hoop

Animals, Characters, Mascots, Portraits

    Jan's  sculptures can also be found at:
                   Bella Luz
                   Olive Branch Art Gallery 
                   Wichita Art Museum
                   Kay Wiggins Jewelry
                   City Arts
                   Carriage Factory Art Gallery