Joanna Powell is a native Texan, born in Dallas. She grew up going to garage sales and junk yards with her Dad and siblings each weekend hoping to find treasure or just fix the car. Growing up it was never just hot outside, it was "Hotter than hell!" Southern sayings such as this, influence the stories she illustrates. The work revolves around the comedy that comes from the tragic parts of existence. She explores themes of embarrassment, beauty and sexuality through the ceramic vessel. Powell is interested in how the world we live in is different than we perceive, from the tangible to the intangible. Rendering anything, i.e. a tornado to a tree, illustrates the discrepancy between perception and reality that drives her practice.
Joanna Powell (b.1981,Dallas,TX) received a BFA in ceramics from the University of North Texas(2008) and received an MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2012). Powell has exhibited her work throughout the United States including The Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio Phildelphia and Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. From 2013-2015 she was a long term-resident at The Archie Bray Foundation. In 2015, she was named an NCECA Emerging Artist. Currently, she has a full time studio practice in Helena, MT, working toward future museum shows and exhibitions.