With a background in contemporary art and an MFA in painting, Julia Paul makes contemporary ceramics with an emphasis on natural forms and modern design. Her work reflects her interest in the connection between form and surface, internal and external, with an emphasis on sleek, minimalist shapes, and designs that evoke land formations. Elements of the forms and glazing suggest landscapes in order to explore spatial relationships and connections. Each piece is wheel-thrown or hand-formed with slabs and is result of responding to the materials. Her current ceramic work has grown out of her photographic exploration of the local mountain landscape around her forest studio in Virginia.
All pottery is made from stoneware and lead free glazes. The ceramics are fired in an electric kiln to cone 5/6, which is over 2160°F. (Did you know the surface of the sun is about 9900°F?) Her studio follows eco-conscious, sustainable practices, always seeking to bridge a connection between beautiful and smart.
Julia Paul's tableware has been seen in publications such as Food and Wine, and Craft Magazine, and she has been a Featured Seller on Etsy. Her work has been featured on numerous design and food blogs, including Vogue Paris, Bon Appétit, Design Sponge, The Kitchn, 2Modern, Food52, and West Elm's Front + Main. Her pottery can be found in select online and retail shops in the US and Japan.