Julia broke her kneecap during the foundation year of her degree, diverting her from a glittering career in ceramics (due to all the potters’ wheels being kick powered not electric) and into glass by the timely and fortuitous discovery of a book on kiln forming glass.
After destroying all the kilns at her foundation college by melting glass into the heating coils, Julia was accepted onto the Glass and Ceramics degree course at Sunderland Polytechnic. When she had completed her degree, they mended all the kilns, changed the poly into a university, moved into the National Glass Centre and Sunderland became a city. Julia had nothing to do with any of this…. apart from getting the degree.
All that was last century anyway.
Julia moved to her gallery workshop at the Hirsel Country Estate last century too and has been happily blasting away in the Scottish Borders ever since. Surrounded by a beautiful country park and other artists there is always inspiration just outside her door.
Her glass is better travelled than Julia having been in exhibition in Europe, Japan and North America and she now has collectors across the globe.