Adela Powell ceramics

Adela Powell ceramics 

with Brian Graham paintings and Petter Southall furniture

Saturday 16 March to Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019

Adela Powell’s ceramics are inspired by the sea and coastal landscape. She searches for universal patterns, textures and forms in nature, where science and art are inseparable. Her method is experimental and different every time. She uses various clays including Dorset coastal and Tamar River mud. Sometimes she incorporates other material she finds at the water’s edge, both organic and inorganic. The inherent tactile and textural qualities of clay are enhanced with many layers of oxides, slips and glazes which she fires to 1265 degrees C in an electric kiln after a bisque firing in a gas kiln.

Can forms 38. 39. 40.

She has been a professional potter for many years. Born in the Wirral, Cheshire, she read Natural Sciences at Liverpool University, which still plays a strong part in her inspiration. She later attended Plymouth College of Art whilst bringing up her young family. A move to Cornwall over 30 years ago, had a great impact on her work. The natural environments of coast, moorland and river valleys have influenced her in many ways which can clearly be seen in her forms and colours. Her techniques, including mark making, found materials and many layers, produce a visual layering evocative of erosion and history.

Adela Powell 37. Shell Form 19 x 53 x 38 cm £810

She enjoyed a long association with Badcocks Gallery in Newlyn, Penzance, who also showed her work at the Affordable Art Fairs in London. She has exhibited regularly at Art in Clay at Hatfield and at Artmill Gallery, Plymouth. Last year she exhibited at Innovations in Ceramic Art at the Guildhall, Cambridge, and at York Ceramics Fair. We are delighted to show her work for the first time at Sladers Yard.

Adela Powell 1 Large River Bowl 16 x 50 cm £715

Adela Powell’s ceramics are shown below. Please click on an image to see it enlarged with title, measurements and price. The measurements are listed height x width x depth, or height x diameter. We measure the widest part of the piece. Pots can be bought over the phone and sent out to you. To Adela Powell’s work please phone us on 01308 459511 or email us on

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