Julia Smith Ceramics

I make collections of one off pots for exhibitions. Glazes are layered, manipulated, fired multiple times and sometimes print pattern is applied to the raw clay or glaze surface. This process makes it impossible to replicate identical pots.

Some words about the 'Lines' Collection made for 'Selected' at the Dovecot Gallery in 2014.

‘Julia Smith currently lives and works by the Moray Firth, where her studio looks out on to the sea. This geographical location can be sensed in her work through the contrast of stoney unfired clay and smooth glazes, mirroring the meeting of land and sea and changing reflections of light on the water.

Having grown up on Scotland's west coast, sea and coast lines elsewhere are an influence on her handmade ceramics. For the recent series, 'Lines', Julia was drawn to the black sand of Iceland's beaches and the dramatic weather which often hits the island. The lines in these ceramics are at once reminiscent of patterns in rocks, tide lines and light on the horizon, yet also formally abstract and open.
Julia makes her pots in a loosely controlled way, throwing and shaping by hand to create organic forms. Layers of glazes are sprayed then etched with hand drawn lines of strong colour. These lines are distorted during the firing process and pulled down with the glaze as it melts. The thickness of the glaze, the positioning of the line and the texture of the clay all combine to effect the fired line and cannot be completely controlled. The unpredictability in the firing is the part which Julia is most fascinated by - out of the artist's hands it is left for nature to take over and complete the process.’
Exhibition Pots
Lava Lake 1

Lava Lake 1

Lava Lake 2

Lava Lake 2

Tide

Tide (Lines Series)

Tide Detail

Tide Detail

Conifers

Conifers

Volcanic Lake

Volcanic Lake

Volcanic Lake 1

Volcanic Lake 1

Pebble Pot I

Pebble Pot I

Ice 1

Ice 1

Ice 2

Ice 2

Pebble Pot III

Pebble Pot II

Grey Sea

Grey Sea

Glacier 1

Glacier 1

Glacier 2

Glacier 2

Pebble Pot II

Pebble Pot II

Red Tree Platter

Red Tree Platter

Red Tree Platter Detail

Red Tree Platter Detail

Ochre 1

Ochre 1

Ochre 2

Ochre 2

Winter Tree

Winter Tree

Winter Tree Pot

Winter Tree Detail

Printed Hills

Printed Hills