About Julie Wiggins
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.