Drawing inspiration from nature, textiles and the history of ceramics Joseph Turrin’s ceramic practice involves experimentation with a variety of form, colour and texture. Turrin’s work ranges from utilitarian pieces to unique vessels and sculptural pieces. Turrin’s practice involves slip casting, hand building and surface manipulation. With coil building the predominant technique used.
Joseph Turrin is based in Sydney, Australia. His work traverses his interest in the history of ceramics, textiles and nature. Turrin’s approach to making is playful in manner with clay coil-building the predominant technique used. His current work is highly textured highlighting the use of the hand with every finger impression highly visible through the creation of a scale like texture. Some of his works remain functionally ambiguous with others referencing the utilitarian shapes found throughout the history of ceramics.
Turrin is the inaugural winner of the Bluethumb art prize for sculpture 2021 and was also the winner of the Royal Doulton & UNSW ART and Design Award recipient during his time studying at the University of New South Wales. This saw a 1-month internship at the Wedgewood Factory in the United Kingdom with the Royal Doulton global design team.