JULIE MASSIE
Ceramic Artist
Julie Massie: Porcelain Edges
   
    
After many years of teaching art in secondary schools and with my passion for ceramics 
I embarked on a MA Ceramics course at UCA Farnham, which I completed in 2016. 

Throughout my MA I took my inspiration for my artwork from the Jurassic Coastline which is a beautiful,
interesting and internationally important place because of it’s fragility. 
Coasts are a product of erosion and without the sea eroding the land we would not have a coast at all.

I have also taken inspiration for my work from the fragile edges of waves breaking onto this coastline
and the different strength of these waves constantly breaking onto the shore. 
These strong and destructive waves are the primary shapers of the coastline and usually occur in the winter 
when the sea is cold and grey, intermingled with blues. 
These colours are reflected within my final outcomes. 
My work also explores the senses, especially touch, sight and sound. 
Physical touch is the fundamental element of human development and culture 
and I enjoy watching people’s reactions when they touch my work. 
What does it feel like or will it break? 
When touching my work people can also experience the sound of the artwork 
as the porcelain components move against each other.

Based on this research I create wall art with fragile edges which represent the beauty 
and importance of this eroding landscape by the sea.

Since graduating this year I am working as a full time artist continuing to develop my work based on the theme of fragility.


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