Julie Wiggins’ techniques include an inlay surface design and black slip for imagery inspired by histories of environmental and architectural settings. Working with high-fired porcelain in a gas fired reduction kiln, she manipulates and alters components of wheel thrown and hand-built techniques. Her contemporary functional work, studied in its flowing use of form and line, is created in a porcelain clay body glazed in translucent grey, green and blue celadons.
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Julie Wiggins at MudFire
Gallery group show Fur and Feathers, April 2013
Gallery group show Damn Right I Got the Blues, June 2011
Gallery group show Porcelain, August 2010
Gallery group show Put A Lid On It, May 2007, First place, Curators Choice Award, Juried Artist category
Julie Wiggins Artist Bio
Julie is a ceramic artist based in Charlotte, NC. Her pots are intended for everyday use that dictates a function throughout cultures and time.
Julie was born in Jacksonville, NC and attended East Carolina University where she earned a BFA in Ceramics. She received an honorary degree while abroad at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China where she focused on traditional techniques. Her studies also include a spring concentration at Penland School of Crafts and various workshops with Linda Christianson, Suze Lindsay, Gu-Mei Chin and Terry Gess. Currently, Julie is a full time studio potter in Charlotte, NC. She is very active in the ceramics community teaching classes to adults and children participating in various symposiums and conferences and exhibiting her work around the country.
Working with high-fired porcelain in a gas fired reduction kiln. Julie manipulates and alters components of wheel thrown and hand-built techniques. Her drawings are a reflection of her memories, travels and loves of life. History and tradition play an important role in her work. Inspiration comes from environmental and architectural settings along with the repetition and gestural quality of a line. The opportunity to study abroad enhanced her creativity as a ceramic artist and continues to push her work in new directions that combine Eastern and Western influences.
Julie Wiggins Artist Statement
I enjoy the process of creating objects that stimulate the sense of touch with focus on utility and form. My work consists of a variety of steps from using a treadle wheel to molds, and finishing the pots with drawings, glazing and firing. I use a porcelain clay body and fire in a cone 10 reduction atmosphere. My surfaces include a hand drawn inlay and black slip for my imagery. The glazes are a combination of blue, green and amber celadons. My work is inspired by histories of environmental and architectural settings along with the repetition and quality of a line. The ceramic work I create is intended to be used in an everyday setting or for traditional use in the home.
My recent body of work is a reflection of my studies and travels. Connecting history and contemporary influences has led my work to reflect traditional forms and cultural designs. My studies and travels have resulted in an honorary degree from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, as well as trips through Europe, Mexico and Morocco. These experiences have helped forge my creativity and continue to push my work into new directions that combine Eastern and Western influences.