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About Julie Wiggins

Julie Wiggins is a full time studio potter living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a BFA in Ceramics. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. Her work has been shown in galleries across the country, including AKAR Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery, In Tandem Gallery, and Lark & Key. Julie’s work has been featured at the American Craft Council and is part of the permanent collection at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as several national conferences and exhibitions, including NCECA. She has been the recipient of many awards and grants including, “2016 Skutt Ceramic Artist” and ASC’s Regional Artist and CSA grants. Julie has over a twenty years of experience as an educator and was a presenter at the Functional Ceramics Workshop. In 2016, she continued her studies in Jingdezhen, China as a visiting artist at The Pottery Workshop. In 2018 Julie’s how to DVD with the Ceramic Arts Network, “Molds & Mishima” was released.

Artist Statement

As a studio potter, I make objects of enjoyment that strike a balance between uniquely functional forms and narrative design. Whether hand built using slabs, molds or thrown on a wheel, my porcelain vases, flower blocks, lidded jars, plates, teapots, serving pieces, and more are both playful and aesthetically complete. Nature imagery including flowers, birds, and repeating patterns accent most work. Using transparent glazes, these surface designs stand out clearly yet gently with my inlaid, gestural lines of black and blue slip. Some work also highlights carving patterns, lightly pooled glazes, or thoughtfully designed flares such as asymmetrical edges, decorative coils or clay “buttons,” and distinctive rectangular feet.

My work is inspired by landscapes of growing up on the coast of Eastern, NC, along with studies in China, Europe, Mexico, Morocco, and Central America, as well as studies of traditional studio pottery techniques. Together, these influences help me create a body of work that reflects memories, movement, and love of life. I am also enamored with architecture, repeated patterns in nature, and the simple power of an intuitively drawn, fluid line. With so many sources of inspiration, I find that my creativity expands in layers, always inviting me to dig deeper and push utility in new directions.

Instagram: @JulieWigginsPottery

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