Julie has been interested in creating animals in clay for a number of years before she took the plunge in 2007 after attending a course run by animal sculptor Brendan Hesmondhalgh. She progressed onto a series of foxes which were exhibited in Hebden Bridge and the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington. From there she has been exploring the wildlife ...
Julie has been interested in creating animals in clay for a number of years before she took the plunge in 2007 after attending a course run by animal sculptor Brendan Hesmondhalgh. She progressed onto a series of foxes which were exhibited in Hebden Bridge and the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington. From there she has been exploring the wildlife in her studios at Higherford Mill and hares, otters and badgers are currently being worked on .
Julie's first stag Archie was developed after she was asked to demonstrate during a week long exhibition at the Platform gallery in Clitheroe. The majestic stag drawings are used as a starting point to develop the character of each piece.
Julie has developed drawings of badgers in her sketchbook and decided to create a range of smaller trophy heads starting with badgers.
Florence is Julie's first foray into cows in clay. More to come with maybe longer lashes and bigger doleful eyes.
The hares were Julie's next step after her fox trophy heads. She started exploring the use of flat slabs of stoneware pushing and tearing edges to give texture and shape to the head and ears. Mounted on reclaimed wooden blocks to raise the ears away from the wall to create shadow and depth to the work.
New work created in stoneware exploring julies long held love of birds. When she's brave enough she is going to have a go at making her favourite raptors but needs a bit of a push!
Sheep heads created with stoneware and porcelain
Hares made in stoneware with porcelain slip, stains and oxides to create their colour.
Stoneware and underglazes with nylon line for whiskers. Loving the red squirrel characters.
Rodents cover a multitude of characters including wood mice
Stoneware, underglazes, nylon wire for whiskers
Pigs heads sculptured out of stoneware
Exploring the wonderful world of dogs via clay
Mill mice were developed for my anniversary at Higherford Mill. Each is a character that have jobs at the mill and work at night to help all the residents in their studios.
Bertrum is a happy badger and lives with his brother Bracken in the sett in the woods behind the meadow. He loves eating blackberries and snuffling for grubs in the ground under the big oak tree. Stoneware, underglazes and mounted in an oxidised oak block.
Bracken is a bit of a shy badger and lives with his brother Bertrum in the sett in the woods behind the meadow. He likes to come out under the cover of dusk so he isn't as sociable as his brother but warms to the other animals of the woodland when he gets to know them. Stoneware, underglazes and mounted in an oxidised oak block.
Gilbert is a cheeky chappy who likes to chatter all day to the other animals he lives with so be sure to talk to him when he finds his forever home with you at your house! Feed with fresh carrots as he is quite partial to a julienne carrot!
Nevillie the nuthatch and his mate Nigel are a jolly pair and are regulars at the black sunflower seeds hanging in the silver birch. Nevillie is the chatterbox of the two and will help distract Wesley and Wilbur the Woodmice whilst Nigel steals their stash of black sunflower seeds in the flower pots when they aren't looking. Ceramic sculpture made...
Losing a pet is quite a tramatic time and I have experienced this quite recently. What to do with your precious pets ashes after they have croossed the Rainbow bridge is quite a decision to make. Recently I was commissioned to make an urn for a beloved cats ashes. They selected a quite stylised form of a sleeping cat with a large stopper underneath that...