Joanne Karpowitz


Joanne Karpowitz

I aim to create work in which clay is my active partner, and to infuse my handbuilt forms with the fluidity of elements that inspire me -- water, sounds, and human form. It is important to maintain surface naturalness so that the forms speak of the way clay looks when malleable. Each twist and pull between myself and the clay is an effort to this end.
I often rub stains and paint into my surfaces to emphasize the texture and depth of the forms. Addition of color also changes the relationships between the forms and presents me with difficult challenges.
What engages me is the way two or more shapes work together in configurations that stand fixed or that may be changed. Each segment of a sculpture may be moved to form a new relationship. This inherent movement, even at rest, is both visual and metaphorical, suggesting, for example, a cavern renewing its shape at the edge of a constantly moving body of water, or the human body turning from its interior darkness out toward the world.



Merging, stoneware, 12" x 12" x 12"  Available 


Promise of Spring, stoneware, 13" x 12" x 11"  Available 


Seeking Shelter, stoneware, 15" x 12" x 11"  Available 


Birth, stoneware, 13" x 12" x 12"  Available 


Calm and Convulsed, stoneware, 13" x 15" x 12"  Available 


Gourd Vitality, mixed-media, clay and stoneware, 9" x 11" x 9"  Available 


Sea Scape, stoneware and mixed-media, 12" x 11" x 7"  Available