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Clay Talks! with Julie Elkins
June 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center on Thursday, June 7th for a slide presentation by sculptor and NCPC Artist-in-Residence Julie Elkins!
Julie Elkins received a BFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. She first gained recognition for her porcelain sculptures exhibited at SOFA Chicago in 2003. From there, her work made its way into permanent collections of The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, The Fuller Craft Museum, and the Kamm Teapot Foundation. Currently she teaches ceramics at Virginia State University, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. She leads many creative workshops in the community, and was the Sculptor in Residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Rodin exhibition in 2016. Julie is represented by the Eric Shindler Gallery in Richmond, VA and Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus Ohio.
Julie says, “Inspired by my childhood obsessions, I try to capture the magic I found in the shoebox dioramas I made when I was eight years old. I’d carefully build a little world inside a box with sticks and rocks and grass, cut a hole in one end and peer inside that thing for hours imagining that I lived there. Working with porcelain, I still build miniature worlds filled with layers of details. There is a range of subject matter within each work, and I like to think of each piece as a visual poem or story. Some poems are about the intricate entanglements of history, illustrated through interactions between Southern architecture, trees, subterranean levels, and archeology. Others poems contain characters. I personify objects such as trees or houses to portray themes of social issues and the human condition. I aim to leave the viewer with that same sense of wonder and discovery I felt as a child while looking into that little shoebox.”
A potluck at 6 pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by Julie’s presentation at 7 pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!
This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 336-873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Emily Lassiter, NCPC Educational Program Manager.
Location: The NCPC Educational Building (located behind the NC Pottery Center) at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.