Julie MacKinnon Ceramics

My varied education and experience with Architecture, Art History and Design made my choice to work with clay clear. No other medium has so many cycles to create wonderful personal objects.

My choice to work with Porcelain at high temperatures was also clear....The glow of Porcelain is such an addictive accomplishment. Each pot is made by hand on my wheel or my table....one of a kind.

My work often references an historical period. Elements of my pots suggest an aesthetic sentiment or values of an era or culture. These visual references create an emotional familiarity through personal or cultural memory. The significance I find in “making” is the opportunity to tell a story that relates directly to life and ritual.

I live on SaltSpring Island with my twin daughters, happily greeting customers at my home based studio. I also bring my wares to the famous SaltSpring Saturday Market from May through September.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Clay has long lured me away from my first career, Architectural Design. My work in clay is still dictated by the design elements of line, space and balance.

I strive to create mechanically organic vessels that reflect strong ergonomic and functional design.

My work often references a historical period. Elements of my pots suggest an aesthetic sentiment or values of an era or culture.
These visual references create an emotional familiarity through personal or cultural memory. The significance I find in “making” is the opportunity to tell a story that relates directly to life and ritual.

My work is high - fired porcelain, which is very rare in an oxidation kiln. My pieces tell the story of why I fire so incredibly high....the porcelain has an ethereal glow...
Each piece is made seperately and by hand. I throw almost all of my work but I also alter my pieces and add slab appendages.
My porcelain Suburban line is the product of my fascination with the Bauhaus School and mid-century architectural design. I ""drafted"" these pieces into a tableware line that reflect the clean lines of metals and plastics.
The glazes I created are a fun throwback to Melmac dinnerware and the Pyrex stacking mixing bowls that I licked icing from!

My porcelain Whiteware line is accented with the addition of drippy, meringue-like slip. It creates a dynamic and one of a kind accent to each piece. The movement of each pot invites the user to experience how the wet porcelain feels and behaves. The white on white glazes directs the focus to the form.....simple, fun pots.

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