427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge LA, 70801
I am interested in providing a platform for the user to engage in a conversation with my work, which includes functional ceramics and sculptural environments.
In my ceramics, the use of texture is the conversation starter and serves as a guide to the user’s fingers as they move across pinched surfaces, onto carved lines, and over peaks and valleys created by brush marks. Responding directly to the actions of my hands -- pinching, smoothing, and shaping -- the clay develops into soft forms, and in turn, playful surface treatments develop into angular compositions. In this way, organic forms and geometric surfaces work together to create balanced compositions.
Materials inspire my sculptures and influence form through their individual properties. The decision to include both rigid and pliable components into the pieces echoes the same contrasting qualities of the organic and geometric that are expressed in my ceramics. Because the function of these sculptures is to create an environment, they are free to explore form and utilize material to alter space in a manner that is more immersive than tableware.
Whether a moment is experienced through an object, or through an environment I continue to use functionality as a means to explore both.
Joelle Ferrara is a functional potter and sculptor born and raised in Baton Rouge. She has been enamored with handmade objects from a young age, and as a child had an unyielding will to create. She would often be found by her parents with art supplies in hand, crafting objects she could use herself. She grew up in a large family where all gatherings seemed to center around food and conversation, and meals were a special time to relax and unwind. These memories and happenings from her childhood gave life to a desire to create, using functionality as a lens through which to examine objects and environments, the purposes they serve, and the influence they carry. Her ceramics work explores function through tableware and other utilitarian objects, while the function of her sculptural work is to create and influence an environment.
Joelle is currently an undergraduate BFA candidate at Louisiana State University studying ceramics and sculpture. She was recently nominated by LSU faculty for the Advanced Student Project Network at Red Lodge Clay Center, along with a nomination for Northern Clay Centers’ biennial “By recommendation” show which will be held in August of 2016.