Jane Bialek, a longtime Bolton Hill resident and potter, died May 23 of heart failure at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. She was 92.
The daughter of a stockbroker and a homemaker, the former Jane Phillips was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y.
After graduating in 1938 from Bronxville High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1942 in anthropology from the University of Arizona.
After working for several years in child placement for a social service organization in Albuquerque, N.M., she enrolled in 1946 in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. There she met her future husband, Thaddeus Louis Bialek, who was from Baltimore.
While the couple did not complete their studies at Penn, they married in 1956 and settled in a home on Lafayette Avenue two years later.
Mr. Bialek, who was a land acquisition officer for the city's Redevelopment Commission, died in 2003.
"While she never returned to working outside of the home, she was a creative homemaker, and a patient and loving mother to three children, including a daughter with Down syndrome who continued to live at home well into adulthood," said a daughter, Janka Bialek of Altamont, N.Y.
Mrs. Bialek began studying pottery making in the 1980s, which led to an association with Baltimore Clayworks that lasted until 2007. That year she moved to Altamont to be near her daughter.
Mrs. Bialek took her inspiration for her hand-built, pit-fired pottery from the Native Americans who lived in the Southwest, said her daughter. She also enjoyed camping with her family on cross-country trips.
"My parents managed to get everything for five people packed into a Chevy Nova," said Ms. Bialek.
No services are planned.
In addition to Ms. Bialek, Mrs. Bialek is survived by a son, Peter Bialek of Brookline, Mass.; another daughter, Kasia Bialek of Baltimore; and three granddaughters.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun