Combining a mid-century design aesthetic with a contemporary minimalist approach, Jan Vogelpoel’s intuitive and fervent process produces ceramic sculptures that hold an ethereal presence in any space, effortlessly reflecting connection, fluidity and strength. Each piece carries the energy of nature and the maker, and the characteristic raw finish of her work makes them highly tactile, recalling the textures of sandstone cliffs or ancient artefacts.
Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, Melbourne-based Vogelpoel has worked with clay for over 20 years, honing her skills under South African ceramicist artists Barbara Jackson and Karen Scott. After a career in graphic design, interior styling and art direction, she started working with clay full-time in 2019.
Vogelpoel has been shortlisted for the Victorian Craft Awards (2019) established by Craft Victoria, and The Design Files + Laminex Awards (2021), with her work now widely collected in Australia and internationally.