Hanna Piepel, an Iowa native, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the areas of illustration and design with her ceramic practice by image transfer techniques. Her surface designs reflect an eclectic contrast of vintage florals and mid-century forms. Hanna’s colorful illustration style and hand-drawn patterns are also featured in several published children’s books. The constant theme of family, mindfulness and joy in our everyday living is present in Hanna’s overall body of work.
“I am a ceramic artist and children’s book illustrator that explores the theme of family, mindfulness and joy in our everyday living and rituals through illustrated pages and pottery.
My interest in clay is mostly utilitarian and its ability to incorporate beauty into our everyday living. In an era of factory-produced possessions, I like the gentle reminder to appreciate handmade. Each piece I make, although part of a series or collection, has its own eccentricities and uniqueness. Pottery reflects the appreciation we have of the simple beauty in our daily lives.
I primarily use porcelain due to the color, responsiveness on the wheel, elasticity and translucent quality. The process is meditative, centering and calming. It is my hope that this energy is transferred to each piece. I believe in mindfulness everyday and I hope my pottery helps facilitate that gratitude in a beautiful way.
My background in illustration and design has allowed me to explore surface transfer techniques and what I call– Illustrated Clay. The bone-white color of porcelain allows vibrant contrast with my bold, screen printed designs.”