Jane Pollard Hartsook
Jane Pollard Hartsook, a long time resident of this area, died Sunday, January 18, 2004 in Richmond, VA. Jane was born May 12, 1916 in Ashland, VA and grew up there. After high school graduation she received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY in 1939. She taught in Norfolk, VA, and continued studying Art Education at the University of Virginia, the University of Richmond, and Columbia University. She received a Master’s in Fine Arts from Alfred in 1946.
From 1946 until 1982, Jane was the Director of Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. Under her direction, Greenwich House grew into an internationally recognized institution with a gallery, a permanent collection, book and slide libraries, and a staff of well known artists, working, exhibiting, and instructing.
Jane received many honors including membership in the National Council on Education in for Ceramic Arts, the New York Settlement Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 1992, Greenwich House presented a retrospective of 50 years of her work, and named the gallery founded by her in 1970 the Jane Hartsook Gallery.
Locally, Jane was known as an active member of the Garrison Art Center, a volunteer at Butterfield Hospital, and a docent at The Chapel of Our Lady. She was an active member of the Dutchess Junction Ladies’ Fire Auxiliary, and a judge for the art contests to promote recycling in the Fishkill Schools. She was a friend of the Desmond Fish Library in Garrison, a member of Manitoga, and the Putnam County Historical Society. In addition to ceramics, she was a passionate gardener.
Jane married L. Parke Hartsook of Ashland, VA, who died in 1985. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, Jane’s family has asked that donations be made to the Scholarship Fund, Greenwich House Pottery, 16 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014, or to the Chapel of Our Lady, c/o Mrs. Betty Green, PO Box 334, Cold Spring, NY 10516.