Joanna HowellsImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 2 Cwrt Isaf, Tythegston, Nr Bridgend, Mid-Glamorgan, Wales, CF32 0ND. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1656 784021
Email:
Web-site: www.joannahowells.co.uk
Availability: Please telephone to make an appointment.

Directions: Jn 35 off M4, towards Bridgend. Follow A48 towards Port Talbot and Swansea. Take A4106 towards Porthcawl. Look for first turning on the left, into Tythegston. This road is a dead end. Turn into yard of the 4th house on the left.


Last Updated: 2013-10-24

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

My work concentrates on form and texture. I make pieces that are simple yet have a softness, a freedom and a sculptural quality.

I work in porcelain, for its innate beauty and because its smoothness allows the use of subtle textures. The pieces are altered to both exploit and escape the soft cylinders and circles imposed by the wheel.

I'm often asked about sources of inspiration. When I was younger I'd say these ranged from Cycladic sculpture and Song dynasty porcelain to modern industrial artefacts. But the grappledome of the senses is complex, and I honestly cannot chart linear routes to these sources any longer. There is a clever, evasive and dismissive reply to the question 'Where do you get your ideas from?' which is, 'If I knew, I'd go there'. All artists know, if only because they've been there. But the routes can be labyrinthine and the journey a very private affair."

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

CPA Autumn Fair : Oxford Ceramics Fair 2014
October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014

City Hall, Cardiff : Made by Hand in Cardiff
October 31, 2014 to November 02, 2014

Current Work

Current Work

Thrown porcelain, altered and textured while soft. From domestic ware to large individual pieces. Forged iron handles are added to some forms. Surface treatments are influenced by the transient, sinuous effects of sea on shore.

Work generally available from:

Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, Cornwall 
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth 
Craft Renaissance, Usk, South Wales 
New Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey 
Contemporary Ceramics, London 
Newfield Galleries, Newark
St Ives Ceramics

Other Information:
Available for lectures and demonstrations

New website (May 2013)  - Have a look at Joanna's new website here!

 

Technical Information

Technical Information

Fired to 1280C in a 17cuft gas kiln, using a reducing atmosphere. Glazes used are celadons, ash glazes, satin white and black.

History

History

2006 Lorien, France
2006 3 Man Exhibition, Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire
2006 Broughton Gallery, Scotland.
2006 Orton International Cone Box Exhibition, Baker University, California
2006 ‘Table Manners’ – Crafts Council Gallery, London
2005 Galerie Handwerk, Munich
2005 ‘The Way We Live Now’ Solo Exhibition, Porcelain & Silver, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2005 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art
2003 3+3, Kilkenny Festival, Ireland
2003 Solo Exhibition, Harlequin Gallery, London
2003 “Teapots for the 21st Century”, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1997 Moved to South Wales.
1995 Set up studio in Midlands
1993 Worked in France to explore new themes
1987 Set up first studio
1986 Harrow Art College
1983 - 1984 Sir John Cass School of Art
1980 - 1983 Studied Medicine at Cambridge University

Memberships:
Fellow of the Craft Potters Association
Member of Makers Guild in Wales (2010)

Awards
2012 Awarded a project grant from Arts Council Wales towards an exhibition, 'The Enduring and the Ephemeral', an arts science collaboration with the Botanic Gardens of Wales, Edinburgh and Kew.

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2012  Solo Showcase, Galeri, Caernarfon 
Walford Mill – Selected Members of Makers Guild 
Contemporary Applied Arts, London:  Tradition and Innovation: 50 Years of Harrow 
2011  ‘Select 2’ Gallery Top, Derbyshire 
Contemporary Ceramics, London, showcase exhibition
Lund Gallery, Yorkshire ‘Dining Rites’
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Summer Exhibition 
St Ives Ceramics, St Ives - Christmas Exhibition
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham - Christmas Exhibition
Taliesin Gallery, Swansea - Christmas Exhibition
2010  Contemporary Makers Showcase, National Museum Wales
The Octagon at Whichford, Guest Potter of the Month
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Selected Welsh Potters
St David’s Hall – Christmas Exhibition
2009  St David’s Hall, Christmas Exhibition
Leach Pottery, St Ives, Christmas Exhibition
New Ashgate Gallery, Exhibition of Selected CPA members
Leach Pottery, March 
2008  Solo Exhibition – Harlequin Gallery, London
FLICAM (FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, Xian, China) invited to make work for the British Pavilion at the Museum of World Ceramics   
2007  Bluecoat Gallery, Celebration of the Tea Ceremony 
Ceramic Art London  
Lliff (Llif A Welsh word meaning 'Flow', pronounced Lleeve)- touring exhibition  
Flow Gallery, London
Oriel Myrrdin, Carmarthen
The Pot The Vessel & the Object
Exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CPA
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Porcelain Ritual and Process
5 Porcelain Makers 
Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Newport
Demonstration and Masterclass 
Part of the CPA 50th anniversary celebrations, Bevere Gallery,Worcestershire
Solo Exhibition Albany Gallery, Cardiff  
2006  Festival Interceltique, Lorien, France 
3 Man Exhibition, Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire
Broughton Gallery, Scotland.  
Orton International Cone Box Exhibition, Baker University, California
‘Table Manners’ – Crafts Council Gallery, London   
2005  Galerie Handwerk, Munich

Ceramics Publications

Ceramics Publications

'20 British Potters' by Koi Isaka, published in Japan 2013
'Contemporary Ceramics', Emmanuel Cooper (2009)
'Living in Wales' Portraits of persons of significance living in Wales – David Hurn. Seren publications (2005)
'Porcelain' Jack Doherty (2002)
'Contemporary Porcelain', New Edition, Peter Lane (1996)
'Porcelain' Caroline Whyman (1994)
'The Potter's Directory of Shape and Form', Neal French (1998)
'The Buyer's Guide to Studio Ceramics', Crafts Council Publications (1999)
'Tableware from Studio and Workshop', Karen Ann Wood (1999)
'A Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques', Frank and Janet Hamer. (2002) A &C Black

Permanent Collections

Permanent Collections

Crafts Council Collection V&A
Stoke City Museum. Contemporary Ceramics Collection
Ashmolean Museum

Work Styles

Work Styles

Porcelain
Thrown
Celadon
Vases & Bowls
Teapots
Sculptural
Kitchen & Tableware