Ashgate Asks….. Julie Massie

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Dorset based ceramicist and installation artist and winner of Rising Stars 2017

What is it that you do?

I am a ceramic artist working with porcelain – I created ceramic wall art.

What does your work aim to say?

My work explores fragility and touch. My work is based around my MA research.  I have taken inspiration from the Jurassic Coastline which is a beautiful, interesting and internationally important place because of its fragility. The seas strong and destructive waves are the primary shapers of this coastline and usually occur in the winter when the sea is cold and grey, intermingled with blues. These colours and the fragility of this coast are both reflected within her final outcomes. My work also explores the senses, especially touch, sight and sound.

What made you decide to get involved with the 2017 Rising Stars exhibition?

I was a MA student at Farnham UCA, which has links with the New Ashgate Gallery. I saw the award as a fantastic opportunity for an emerging artist and an opportunity to display my work in a gallery.

How did you decide what pieces to submit to the Rising Stars exhibition?

I selected pieces that were part of my MA show.

Tell us your initial thought processes in starting this body of work?

I had to consider my research into fragility, the colours I would use and the shapes I would create as well as how I would present my work.

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces? Visually or conceptually?

Visually – I love people’s responses when they find out what my work is made of and being allowed to touch the art.

Once the audience is engaged with my work visually, they are interested in finding out the concept of the work.

Which is your favourite scale to work to?

My work is made up from small sections of porcelain clay that are joined together after firing to make a larger final piece. My work is varied greatly in size from 10cm by 10cm to 280cm to 160cm. I like changing from small scale to large scale work – so no favourites.

What are you working on now?

I am working on small wall pieces – however these small pieces could be displayed in groups to make larger pieces.

What level do you want to take your work onto?

I would like to exhibit in galleries and at craft fairs. I was at Collect last year and I really enjoyed the experience.

Which current visual art trends are you following?

I do look at interior design trends, especially the use of colour from bright colours to monochrome.

See More of Julie’s work

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