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Contact Details

Studio: .
Telephone: +44 (0)1667 462 742
Email:
Web-site: www.juliasmithceramics.com
Availability: The studio is open by appointment only.


Joined on: 2009-01-09
Last Updated: 2013-01-25

Current Work

Current Work

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: 
Please find a list of current stockists on my website at  juliasmithceramics.com/pages/where%20to%20buy.html  
My work can be purchased directly from this website:  www.juliasmithceramics.bigcartel.com 

Workshops and Courses
I do not currently run any workshops

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Geffrye Museum, The : Ceramics in the City 2014
September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Technical Information

Technical Information

I use a Potclays terracotta clay and fire in an electric kiln.  Each piece goes through 3 firings; the highest is to 1125 degree C.  I scan my drawings in to my computer and send them off to get digitally printed onto transfer paper. The company I use is www.fotoceramic.com/ 

Career Background

Career Background

I studied Ceramic Design at Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 1996.  In 1995 I travelled to Toledo, Ohio, USA for a 3 month ceramics, sculpture & printmaking residency at the University of Toledo and returned there for 2 years after I graduated and worked in the ceramics department at the University.   I returned to Glasgow and joined the Glasgow Sculpture Studios where I worked on public and private commissions and community art projects for local housing associations, schools, and environmental agencies. In December 2007 I set up the Deepfired Ceramic Studio in Glasgow and worked on public and private commissions and ran workshops for school groups, local children, teenagers and adults and creative practitioners.  Whilst there I started to work on a range of pottery and began selling it online and at local markets.  I moved to the Highlands in 2010 and spend the majority of my time making and selling my pottery now. 

Employment:
2003 - 2009 The Coach House Trust, Glasgow Ceramics instructor
1999 - 2002 Oblique Partnership, Glasgow, Administrator and workshop facilitator for Public Art & Design Company

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2011 
Unite, Collins Gallery, Glasgow, Craftscotland selected exhibition
Harley Gallery,  Nottinghamshire, ‘The Craft Revolution’ exhibition
SECC, Glasgow, The Country Living Fair
SECC, Glasgow, Homes and Interiors
SECC, Glasgow, Scotland’s Trade Fair
Scone Palace, Perth, Potfest Scotland
Penrith, Cumbria, Potfest in the Pens
St. Johns Church, Edinburgh, The West End Fair
Ingliston near Edinburgh, The Royal Highland Show

2010  
Gallerytop, Derbyshire, Christmas Exhibition
Country Living Christmas Fair, SECC, Christmas Retail Show
Panik Gallery, Killearn, Summer Exhibition
Art in the Park, Queen’s Park, Glasgow, Pop up shop
The Hidden Lane Festival, Glasgow, Designer’s market 
‘All Fired Up’, Alloa, Scottish Potter’s Exhibition
‘Details to Follow’, Glasgow, ‘Gin Palace’ Pop Up Event
Potfest, Stirlingshire , Ceramics Fair
Handmade Haven, Mono, Glasgow Craft Mafia Markets

2009 
House for an Art Lover, Glasgow,  Solo Exhibition ‘Migrating Swallows’
West Kilbride Gallery, Ayrshire, Festival Exhibition
Handmade Haven, Mono, Glasgow Craft Mafia Markets
The Lot, Edinburgh, Magpie Christmas Market
The Drill Hall, Edinburgh, Out of the Blue Market
The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Christmas Fair
The Caird Hall, Dundee, Christmas Market
The Lighthouse, Glasgow,Made in the Shade

Commissions

Commissions

2011 
Private commission, Stoneware tiles for exterior steps
2010 
Auchinstarry Marina, Kilsyth Interpretation & orientation 
Vineburgh, Irvine, Porcelain pavers 
St. Joseph’s Primary, Blantyre , Ceramic Mural
2009 
The Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Poetry post box 
The Grange Campus, Kilmarnock, Ceramic entrance mural 
Drumpark School, Coatbridge, Ceramic and mosaic murals 
Wishaw Academy Primary & St. Ignatius Primary, Ceramic mural for school entrance
Oxgang Primary School, Kirkintilloch, Ceramic commemorative mural 
2008
Auchinstarry Basin, Kilsyth, Decorative bollards 
Bowling Basin, Dunbartonshire, Community murals
Whiteinch Community Centre,Whieinch , Tiles for interior pillar 
The Forth & Clyde Canal, Knightswood, Paths, sculptural bollards & tiles
2007 
Bibi’s restaurant, Partick, Signage, basins and tiles
Castlefield Primary School, East Kilbride, Ceramic welcome sign 
Crosshouse Primary School, East Kilbride, Series of ceramic murals 

Workshop Experience and Residencies

Workshop Experience and Residencies

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.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Earthenware
Thrown
Handbuilt
Digitally Printed Imagery
Wall Panels, Plaques
Vases & Bowls
Sculptural
Kitchen & Tableware
Architectural