biography

At the spinning wheel: November 2008Born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, Julie initially expressed her creative spirit by painting in oils and acrylics. During her final year of pharmacy training, Julie was received a potter’s wheel for Christmas from her husband’s parents. Mesmerized by the wheel’s power and endless possibilities, Julie’s quest for information led her to enroll in an Introduction to Pottery class offered by Millsaps College with instructor Thomas Morrison. During the next few years she continued to practice on her own and learn from her mistakes. In 2003, Julie accepted a pharmacist position in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her musician husband, Steven, had gravitated to North Carolina for its historic and eclectic music scene. Julie quickly learned that North Carolina also had a rich history in pottery that offered many opportunities for her to further develop her skills. Yet another convenient coincidence, Julie unknowingly moved next door to founder and owner of Claymakers. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it is here that she has attended numerous classes and workshops during the past three years. Julie currently works in her home studio and fires her work in various wood kilns in the local area. Julie’s patience, eagerness to try new techniques and unusual eye for color make each new opening of her kiln an exciting event. Primarily creating functional pieces intended for everyday use, she is currently experimenting with making her own glazes and refining her firing techniques.