With the encouragement of my family, I returned to education and studied a foundation diploma in Art and Design at Falmouth University in 2006. I absolutely adored the course and it was just what I needed to give my work direction. My final piece was a collection of vessels with embossed designs inspired by my life drawing classes, and my love of ceramics had begun.
After Falmouth, I found a general ceramics course at Truro college and then took part in intensive courses with Jack Doherty, Richard Phethean and Linda Bloomfield, which informed my practice hugely.
Now, working from my garden studio, and taking inspiration from my countryside surroundings, I design and make wheel thrown porcelain and stoneware ceramics for every day use. I use simplified stencils and slip to build up pattern and texture, adding rich glossy glazes to enhance these details.
The colours are drawn from my love of the Cornish Coast and the hedgerows I see around my home.
Alongside my thrown work, I also create small collectible animal sculptures. Each one has its own individual character, and these subtle differences make each piece unique.
I have been lucky enough to be invited to show my work in some beautiful galleries in Cornwall, Devon and as far as Scotland, but I really love to take part in craft events, where I am able to meet the lovely people who are kind enough to buy my work and give me the opportunity to keep making more pots and keep this small business going.
Have a look at Julia’s website, where you can see more of her work, and browse her online shop:
or find her on Etsy.