Joanna Still was born and raised in Wiltshire.
After studying French at university in Aix-en-Provence, she spent two years in Alaska where she worked on a trawler in the North Pacific and also established a successful soup kitchen in Anchorage, before returning to England to enrol on the then renowned studio ceramics course at Harrow School of Art, graduating in 1976.
Still then returned to Wiltshire settling in the village of Hindon with her husband, sculptor Tim Harrisson. Here she established her studio practice, making a wide range of decoratively hand-painted tableware which launched with acclaim at the Chelsea Craft Fair in London in the 1980s.
Benefitting from artist residencies as well as research and exploration projects overseas, Still has developed and greatly diversified her work since the start of her career.
As a student her fascination with artefacts, making processes and foreign cultures took her to Nigeria where she was powerfully affected by witnessing potters using techniques unchanged for millennia, to produce works of great refinement for daily use. In years since she has spent extended periods working with indigenous potters both in Ethiopia and Mexico. These experiences and encounters have been instrumental in the development of her practice.
The current range of large smoke fired vessels reflect her continued interest in the material of clay and the elemental characteristics of the firing process.
All works are unglazed and are hand made on a potter's wheel using a strong stoneware clay body and fired by a low-temperature reduction process. They are designed for display in a domestic setting.
Studio visits can be made by appointment.