I am a potter based in Ardersier near Inverness. I make ceramics for everyday use from my garden studio which looks out over the Moray Firth. I work with a dark high-fired earthenware body and apply subtly coloured runny glazes then delicate hand drawn transfers are fired in to the smooth surface. Inspiration comes from seascapes, landscapes and wildlife and from the ceramic making process. I also incorporate vintage finds in my work such as the handles of my mugs and jugs are made by rolling clay in a mold taken from an old cut glass dish.
Work Available from:
Each gallery holds limited stock so please call ahead to check what they have.
Castle Gallery, Inverness
National Trust Scotland (selected gift shops, please check website)
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh.
My work can be purchased directly from this website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JuliaSmithCeramics
Workshops and Courses
I do not currently run any workshops
Thrown and hand built functional high fired earthenware with digitally printed and screen printed decals.
Julia Smith graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 then followed a career in community art until 2010. That year she moved to the Highlands and set up her pottery studio on the banks of the Moray Firth. The remote environment she lives in has strongly influenced both the work she produces and the materials she uses.
In 2013 she went to Denmark on a residency to research and develop experimental clay printing techniques and a trip to Iceland in 2014 led to a series of pots inspired by the volcanic and glacial landscape.
She exhibits her sculptural pots regularly throughout the UK and sells a range of everyday tableware through her online shop.
1992 - 1996 BA (Hons) Ceramic Design
2009 - present Currently working as a freelance ceramic maker from my studio in Ardersier near Inverness.
2012 Artist in Residence, Guldagergaard, Denmark
2007 - 2010 Owner and workshop leader at the Deepfired Ceramic Studio in Glasgow Worked on public and private ceramic commissions
2002 - 2009 Ceramics instructor at the Coach House Trust in Glasgow
2007 – 2010
Deepfired Ceramic Studio Ceramics courses for all
1998 - 2007
Ceramics beginners, advanced and master-classes in schools, community settings and colleges in and around Greater Glasgow, North & South Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dunbartonshire.