I'm Janis Holler, the art and
soul behind Loco Lobo Designs.
I've been doing the "art thing"
since I was old enough to hold a crayon or pencil. I drew and
painted everything I could think of, which early on was horses,
horses and more horses. But then, about 30 some years ago, I
stumbled across this incredible medium, polymer clay. I loved
polymer clay and made hundreds if not thousands of beautiful art
pieces until the manufacturers started messing with the composition
of the clay. Needless to say, polymer clay just doesn't do it
for me anymore.
My new medium of choice is
porcelain. As with everything else I undertake, I've taught
myself to make plaster molds of my hand sculpted polymer designs and
slip cast these designs with porcelain slip. After the pieces
are cast, they then are detailed, cleaned up, bisquit fired in a
kiln, hand painted with underglazes and fired again to produce a
finished piece. It is certainly a much more involved process
working with porcelain. But the results are fabulous!
I'm asked quite a bit about my
creative process, since as you can tell once you cruise my site or
visit me at a show, I make many different types of pieces. My
answer is that I'm blessed (or cursed) with creative ADD (attention
deficit disorder). I have such a plethora of ideas of what to
make, that often while I'm in the process of making one design, I
stop what I'm doing to suddenly focus on the "blazing" new idea that
pops into my head.
I constantly strive to push my
creativity to new limits and techniques. Whatever message is
trying to project through me in my art, will not be denied. I
truly believe that my mission is to bring beauty into the lives of
others and connect them with long lost or just ignored emotions
through my art.
As you can probably tell from looking
through this site, I have an affinity for animals, nature and other
art forms. I have also done time as an Electrical Engineer in
both R&D Science and High Tech environments. Yes, in other
words, I've been a geek. I also used to own a bead store, the
Bead Lounge, in Longmont, Colorado which took over my life and left
no room for my creative endeavors. But nothing comes close to
creating and sharing art!
I live with my cats Milo and Luna, and
dogs Yogi, Carmen and Storm in the foothills west of Berthoud, Colorado.
I can be contacted at
Inspiration is everywhere if we just choose to notice!