A black ceramic bowl with layers of turquoise and inlaid glaze.
A versatile dish for dining and entertaining or can be purely decorative.
Thrown with black clay in my studio in rural Inverness and decorated with studio made food-safe glazes.
Diameter--> 25cm (9 7/8")
Height--8cm (3 1/8")
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'Lines' Collection made for 'Selected' at the Dovecot Gallery in 2014.
‘Julia Smith currently lives and works by the Moray Firth, where her studio looks out on to the sea. This geographical location can be sensed in her work through the contrast of stoney unfired clay and smooth glazes, mirroring the meeting of land and sea and changing reflections of light on the water.
Having grown up on Scotland's west coast, sea and coast lines elsewhere are an influence on her handmade ceramics. For the recent series, 'Lines', Julia was drawn to the black sand of Iceland's beaches and the dramatic weather which often hits the island. The lines in these ceramics are at once reminiscent of patterns in rocks, tide lines and light on the horizon, yet also formally abstract and open.
Julia makes her pots in a loosely controlled way, throwing and shaping by hand to create organic forms. Layers of glazes are sprayed then etched with hand drawn lines of strong colour. These lines are distorted during the firing process and pulled down with the glaze as it melts. The thickness of the glaze, the positioning of the line and the texture of the clay all combine to effect the fired line and cannot be completely controlled. The unpredictability in the firing is the part which Julia is most fascinated by - out of the artist's hands it is left for nature to take over and complete the process.’