Emerging Ceramic Artist to Watch: Joanna Powell, Dallas, Texas

Bell jar, 7½ in. (19 cm) in height,
soda-fired porcelain, 2008.

Butter dish, 7 in. (18 cm) in length, soda-fired porcelain, 2008.

The focus of my work has been the creation of objects that are beautiful and fun, with an informal use of material, pattern and color. I am a collector of objects and ideas that manifest themselves in a need to create pieces which are treasured by others in the same way I treasure them. Memories of objects are important to me and are incorporated into the pieces; like the curve of the outer edge of an old umbrella or the fluffiness of a cloud. . . . I picture my work in an imaginary landscape; quiet, picturesque and ideal. I try to invoke in each piece a playful, nostalgic feeling, not concerning myself with slight, humanizing imperfections. My glazes are layered to create a sense of depth and interest in the surface decorations. . . . When glazing, I let the pots tell me what they want. For me, clay is an intuitive medium and the work comes from within. My forms are created through evolution and not forced into being.



This was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly magazine’s
“Emerging Artists 2009” feature, which appeared in the May 2009 issue.
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