Community engagement projects, Art education, Exhibitions ArtWork Studios : Northwich : Cheshire
Artist: Julie Fewster
Julie is a ceramicist, has exhibited internationally & graduated with First Class Honours in Applied Art from Glyndwr University.
Born by the sea and growing up in a village, Julie is particularly drawn to natural organic forms. Her bags and pockets frequently yield smooth pebbles, seashells and seed heads. Collected because of their unique pattern or tactile nature, these pocket treasures inspire Julie’s work, manifesting themselves in her ceramics forms and decoration.
Julie’s current work concentrates on slip casting, mainly with porcelain. The work expresses the tension of opposites between soft forms and hard materials, between control and chance, and between fleeting movement and stillness. She seeks to capture quietness in reaction to the constant noise of modern living. She enjoys walking the line between sculpture and function,dipping into each, sometimes combining the two, in a desire to create objects that want to be touched, loved, and used.
Julie founded Inner Finn Ceramics after falling in love with Finland on a five-month residency. The peace of the snowy winter and simple lifestyle cemented her love of clean lines, pure form and pared back style. Daily walks in the stunning birch woods inspired the current ‘Drinking Vessel’ Collection. The wintery landscapes, bare branches and mounds of snow come through in Julie’s use of mark making and monochrome colour.
The 'Breathing Space' collection is a series of sculptural vessels. Julie created slip cast hollow forms around beach pebbles in her exploration of the boundary between sculpture and function. This work seeks to offer a moment of stillness and quiet amongst the bustle of modern life, inspired by the peace of windswept beaches where Julie goes to find her breathing space.