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Artist: Julie Johnson


Artists: Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson, NEW YORK
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Julie is a studio potter living in Trumansburg, NY. She began working in clay while attending SUNY Cortland and graduated in 1995 with a BA in Studio Art. She further pursued her interest in ceramics by attending the Kansas City Art Institute to concentrate in ceramics and earn a BFA. She also holds a MFA from Utah State University, where she also studied printmaking and taught classes . In 2002, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Carbondale Clay Center, located in Colorado. As a resident, she taught throwing, handbuilding and specialty workshops. She has also taught at the Cornell Ceramics Studio in Ithaca, NY and at the Schweinfurth Museum in Auburn, NY.  Julie is also a 2007 Fellowship Recipient from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

STATEMENT
The search to find a balance between the decorated surface and the pot’s form is a puzzle, with an elusive solution, that sustains my interest. I’m prompted to design the surface spontaneously; to map my experiences and draw from my inspirations. My work forms a bridge between two-dimensional media and the sculptural aspects of pots. An etched line, a calligraphic brushstroke and the movement and pattern of a written language influence the surface. Growth and motion are represented by universal images of birds and plants.

I like the idea that a unique intimacy can be intrinsically produced and remain in a potentially ordinary object. Through creating pots, I’m able to be a part of this relationship by connecting with another's experience and imagination.

 

EDUCATION

2002 MFA Utah State University, Logan, UT

1999 BFA  Kansas City Art Institute(KCAI), Kansas City, MO

1995 BA     State University of New York at Cortland, Cortland, NY

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Current    Studio Potter, Trumansburg, NY

Current    Member, Handwork: Ithaca Artisan Cooperative, Ithaca, NY

Current    Member, Finger Lakes Pottery Tour, Ithaca, NY

2002-03   Artist-in-Residence, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2003        Workshop Assistant: Lynn Smiser-Bowers, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2002        Workshop Assistant: Ron Meyers, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2021           

Worcester Center for Crafts, Pottery Invitational, Worcester, MA  

2016           

Vision and Persistence, Utah State University, Logan, UT

La Mesa, Hosted by Santa Fe Clay/NCECA, Kansas City, MO

2015           

Worcester Center for Crafts, Pottery Invitational, Worcester, MA

Both Mother and Artist, Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI

Ceramic Invitational, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

2014           

Vases for Spring, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Worcester Center for Crafts, Pottery Invitational, Worcester, MA  

2013           

Yunomi Invitational, Akar, Iowa City, IA

Cup Invitational, Studio 550, Cambridge, MA

Tea Bowls: A Contemporary Approach, Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY

2012            

Handle with Care, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

Consider the Cup, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA

La Mesa, Hosted by Santa Fe Clay/NCECA, Seattle, WA

2011           

Winter's Florifertum: Annual Holiday Invitational, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

2010           

From a Throat Smaller Than a Finger, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Pairings, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Yunomi Invitational, Akar, Iowa City, IA

MOM, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, MT

Gifted: Part I, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Consider the Cup, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA

Winter Show Invitational, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2009

The Animal Within, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

Made in Clay Invitational, Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, NY

Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Yunomi Invitational, Akar, Iowa City, IA

 

Awards:

2007
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship Recipient\

2004/2005/2006 
Merit Award, Clothesline Art Festival, Rochester, NY

2002
Juror’s choice. 10th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National,  Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA.

 

Publications:

Pottery Making Illustrated, Gesture and Fluidity, Feb. 2020

Ceramics Monthly, The Building Blocks of a Career, Oct. 2006

Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, Robin Hopper, 2004]

The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes : Glazing & Firing at Cone 10, John Britt, 2004

 


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