Julia's work is influenced by her experiences growing up in a strict independent baptist community where she was forbidden to listen to any contemporary music with a drum beat, where her dress and appearance as a female where strictly monitored (only skirts and dresses), and where a literal interpretation of the Bible based on the views of those in power dominated the spiritual and cultural narrative. Based on her upbringing her work experienced an explosion of divergence while she made it a point to gain as many outside perspectives on 'how to live' as possible. Through determination she learned that art may not only be an avenue for healing, but also a tool -when using the processes of art making- for solving and acknowledging difficult problems. Art therefore, became the medium for which she could build a bridge between her and 'the world.'
Professionally, she has participated in several artist residency programs including Chautauqua in New York, and Vermont Studio Center. In 2015 she moved to Nashville, TN and worked as Studio Manager for MidSouth Ceramics and The Clay Lady's Campus. While there she created and curated an invitational exhibition titled, “The Clay Way,” which included over 60 professional artists from over 20 states. She is a member of the artist collective InFlux Nashville, who hold nationally award-winning exhibitions highlighting the cities contemporary ceramic artists.
My practice attempts to deepen meaningful connections between people, their environment, and their perceptions. As a practitioner of creativity, my work has many directions. It takes the form of social projects, craft pottery, and at times as an opportunity to engage in personal expression/voice.
As social projects, my work with Old School Farm Pottery and Communion, are intended to be experienced in a community, as a social experience, and conversation. My intention is to enact lasting positive social change and engagement through collaborations with individuals, communities, and institutions. These social projects are not always concrete- as people walk away with an experience, a full belly, or a relationship rather than an object. The main goal in my social projects is to create sustainable knowledge, ways of working, and systems for others to thrive in their daily lives.
Through my craft pottery practice I hope to present the values of modesty and active listening through the design and creation of objects intended to be the frame for something larger than itself; ie. the ritual of eating. The hope of my simple and classic designs are to not only showcase our most important commodity, food: but to also slow down the moment as someone notices how a glaze glows softly in the sunlight, or a specific mark elevates their experience. All ware is always microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.
In between the spaces of my practice as a studio potter and social collaborator, I engage with clay as a journal to my personal experiences and emotions via play and mark making.
These poetic pieces act as a symbol to my perceptions and experiences. They sit between my more intentional works- similiar to rests within a musical composition or a play of language where traditional logical throught is not paramount.
This process of moving between collaborative spaces, historical craft, and personal expression allows me freedom to learn in ways most impactful to my whole person. Therefore, success within my practice is a continual cycle of learning about others, the world, and how my perceptions of these experiences translate into meaningful recordable actions.
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