Josephine Powell

Josephine Powell extended her ceramic practice to include hand building in 2020 while living with her family in a small settlement on the west coast of South Australia. Her family has since moved back to Melbourne where she works at the 1280 Studio, both throwing on the wheel and hand building.

Using mainly coiling techniques she explores sculptural forms when making her vessels. She often leaves the exterior of her work unglazed, enjoying the ‘granite rock’ quality of the clay.

Juxtaposed with these stone-like forms are more delicate wheel-thrown pieces. Josephine uses gestural brushstrokes and colour to develop the surface of this work. She is interested in the transparent nature of coloured slip; how colour can be layered and how brushstroke can give a sense of movement.

When side by side the two styles complement each other, creating an interesting conversation.