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About Julia Walther

The daughter of a wood-worker and a violist, I grew up in Oakland, California with a childhood full of art and music. I attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where I received a B.A. in Art History and rediscovered ceramics my senior year under the tutelage of Kelly Connole. I’ve worked as an educational assistant at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, taught community classes at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit and in 2012 won a residency at John Glick’s Plum Tree Pottery and spent two years working beside him in his studio. Since relocating to DC, I’ve held a three year residency at Red Dirt Studio, taught adjunct at George Washington University and currently run an artist studio in Mt. Rainier, MD, and teach at the Art League School in Alexandria.

Artist Statement

Pots are just one of many choices we make as we move through our days, and I hope to create nudges of delight by having my work in the homes and lives of others. I make work using imagery of historically-inspired vessels, floral motifs and memento mori on my pieces, freezing images of the ephemeral and eternal into the surface of my functional pots at the intersection of sweet, curious, cheeky, and macabre. My hope is that the energy I generate while working through new ideas is carried through the firing and out into the world into kitchen cabinets everywhere.



Instagram: @juliawalther


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