Adela Powell

Adela studied the natural sciences and her work reflects a depth of observation of the natural world. Universal patterns, textures, and forms in nature, where science and art are inseparable, are Adela’s constant source of inspiration. She is particularly drawn to fragmentation and erosion, which she attempts to incorporate in her work, allowing fortuitous accidents and influences from the subconscious to enrich the process.

Her coastal or river-themed forms often convey a sense of metamorphosis or disintegration evocative of the corrosive power of the elements. Her objects carry the textural polarity of seashells, both silky smooth and rough.

She constructs vessel forms using various techniques. Form, surface, and method of making are integrated but an experimental approach is adopted in the handling of materials. Various clays are used, sometimes incorporating other materials (organic and inorganic). The inherent tactile and textural qualities of the clay is enhanced with many layers of oxides, slips, and glazes and fired to 1250 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln.