The Julie Miles Art Exhibition
Sunday November 2nd from 1pm at the Fence Gate Inn, Wheatley Lane Road, Fence, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 9EE Get Directions
An exhibition of drawings, paintings and animal sculptures from local artist Julie Miles. Julie has been working in Pendle since the renovations began at Higherford Mill in 2001 where her studio is based. This is a first for Julie to have a sale of this kind after being commissioned by Kevin Berkins of The Fence Gate Inn to create Fitzroy the resident hare for the new refurbished bar of the Fence Gate Inn.
This is a new and exclusive opportunity to buy her new body of work based on the fauna of Pennine Lancashire before exhibited elsewhere. A selection of works will be available on the day to purchase or speak to Julie to commission your own.
Sculptural and functional ceramics using nature both as inspiration and material for her work. Julie works with both porcelain and brick clay to produce two diverse ranges of work which you can explore through the different galleries here.
Her work is a mixture of slab building and slip casting techniques. Hand building using porcelain and stoneware to create sculptures for the garden and the home like her whimsical birdhouses with 'my shed' and 'in the dog house' designs to the more robust animal sculptures in stoneware. Since being diagnosed with an autoimmune arthritis Julie has changed the way she creates her vases and vessel using a slip casting methods developing and creating her own plaster moulds turned on the lathe so each design is her own using Parian a type of porcelain which fires to a china white with a silky smooth surface to the touch. The decoration on the vases and vessels are now hand drawn to make each piece a 'one off'.
Julie has been using brick as a creative medium for a number of years now working to commission for architects and interior designers for clients such as Marks and Spencers and Wetherspoons in recent years. She also works with schools and community groups to make sculptural seating and site specific works and also way side markers for trails. Her first the Brick Kiln on the Wayside Arts Trail was short listed for the Brick Development Association Brick Awards 2006 in the Best Landscape category as was her brick seating at Witton Park High School in 2007 in the same category.
Julie was featured in Lancashire Telegraph February 3rd 2014 More..
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Julie was featured in the guardian Saturday October 6, 2007 More..