Julie Harbers

Putting color and shape together in an evocative way is the challenge that keeps me excited about making pots. I quickly grew bored of solid glaze colors so I employ numerous clays, underglazes, slips and stains to get an interesting surface. For me, the end product must be fresh and different.

While studying ceramics in school, I used traditional Japanese forms and glazes as a base for experimentation in my work. In the years since, my taste grows more contemporary, away from tradition.  Most people have an expectation of what “pottery” looks like; I want to broaden that. I draw from a range of influences, including mid-century architecture, wabi sabi, traditional craft pottery and modernism. I try to avoid, however, pigeon-holing my aesthetic into a single category. My pottery must look beautiful but also function well for the purpose it was intended. I want to prove that pottery can be as contemporary as ever.