A fusion of earth and ocean
I’m Julia and this is an introduction to my wonderful world of clay.
I’m so lucky to be able to live in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, County Kerry. My commute involves a 5 second walk to my studio overlooking Ballinskelligs bay. From here I spend far too much time gazing out over the bay watching the over changing colours of the ocean.
It is no wonder then, that these colours influence the palette of glazes on my ocean collection I make both functional and decorative wheel thrown and slab built pieces as well unique bespoke pieces. These are all made with a speckled stoneware clay which adds an extra quality to the piece.
Along the lane ways of Kerry during the Spring and Summer can be found an abundance of native flora and fauna. I collect a sample of seed heads and ferns etc from these to press directly into my clay pieces. Because of this hand on method each piece is unique. These are then dried slowly before adding in coloured stains and slips and then fired. I have built up a collection a garden gifts such as bird feeders and baths as well as unique garden water features which are all available to buy from my Shop in Ireland store.
Go raibh maith agat
Thanks for taking the time to read my first blog post! I will be posting in more detail about the processes involved and of course the finished pieces themselves.