Julie has been working with clay for the past 30 years and never tires from the creative possibilities this medium offers. Her ceramic creations are primarily hand built, creating figurative work in the form of Angels and Nomadic Ladies. Sometimes she portrays the human form in a spiritual form, very often creating variations on the same theme.
Life drawing underpins Julie’s design ideas, taking inspiration from the work of Klimt and Giacometti. Julie impresses all kinds of materials into the clay such as antique lace, shells and woven textiles to create and emphasize surface texture. Whilst ceramics is at the heart of her practice, she explores different mediums and at present is introducing woven and printed textiles to create the headdresses for her Nomadic Ladies.
Her Angel of the South (on the invitation below left) was featured in issue 2 of Clay Craft Magazine, with Julie cited as one of the “Emerging potters to watch out for”.
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Chalk talks to Julie about the inspiration behind her Featured Artist Exhibition
What is the theme behind your featured artist exhibition?
The theme is purely a selection of my figurative sculpture, Angels and Nomadic Ladies. The new lava Ladies have been inspired by a visit to Cesar Manrique studio in Lanzarote. The black clay used on the ladies connects with his use of colour and texture, focusing on the Luna landscape due to the islands history of volcanic activity. The Lava paintings were created to compliment the ladies as a backdrop.
Where do you go to collect the inspiration behind your work?
Every opportunity is snapped on my iphone along with a sketch book to take notes. When I’m on holiday a good part of my time is used sourcing art galleries, museums and Artists studios. I’ve recently visited Venice, which is bursting with visual references.
Describe the process behind your artwork in the featured artist exhibition
I normally start with creating small maquettes, playing with surface texture, form. If it’s successful I follow on with a larger scale piece. My plan now is to create a painting for selected ceramic pieces to satisfy my need to paint.
Describe your studio space and your favourite thing about it as a place to make artwork
Oh my studio! Well I’ve struggled having no studio and kiln for just under a year due to two house moves. I’m please to say I now have a lovely new studio built by my very supportive husband. A new kiln and can’t wait to actually get in there and enjoy it!
What achievements are you most proud of?
Well being part of Chalk has been a real boost. Connecting with other like minded Artists who share the same vision. Also working for a charitable trust running art/ceramic workshops for people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Which other artists/ art movements / writers/ musicians most influence your artistic practice?
This has to be Gustav Klimt and Cesar Manrique. Music is a must, I simply cannot create without
My lovely old battered Roberts radio at hand tuned into classical FM.
What is your favourite thing about Chalk Gallery?
The new hang of artwork every 6 weeks. It’s very inspirational to see all the Artist accomplishments. Also catching up with all the Chalkies at our special events in the gallery.