Julie first started pottery at the Adult Learning Centre in 1992 after being fascinated with the techniques since her school days. She attended classes for approximately ten years and now practices her craft at home. Attendance at many workshops and conferences over the years have enhanced and broadened her knowledge in both the technical and practical areas. Some of these have been delivered in a tutorial manner and some have been hands on.
About 1995 Julie joined a local mixed media group (Phoenix, Macedon Ranges Art & Craft) a group that exhibits works twice a year in the local area. She enjoys the experiences and ideas shared as a group. In about 1998/9 Julie was invited to join a local group, Koorakooracup Potters, who exhibit once a year in the local area. They also try to fit in a workshop or two and have a bonding week of making during January each year.
In 2004 Julie attended the 1st Suncoast Clayworkers ‘Springfever’ conference, finding the presentation and delivery of techniques by the attending tutors excellent, and even though living interstate decided to become a member so she could be informed of new and exciting ideas and trends. This is a vibrant, friendly and welcoming group to be involved with.
Julie is currently teaching pottery at the very place she first started. Her class has students from beginners to advanced, from ages 14 to 64. Pottery involves so many aspects that she never stops learning and there is always something happening to point her in a new direction with all of these activities being rewarding as well as having an encouraging influence on her work.