Julia Florence is an artist who specialises in ceramics, combining her love of drawing with her natural affinity with the medium of clay. She studied Illustration at Falmouth University and honed her drawing skills at the Charles Cecil Academy in Florence, Italy, where her love of life drawing was nurtured. In the years following her graduation, Julia’s desire for tactile creativity away from a screen lead her to study a part time pottery course and began her journey with ceramics. Inspired by the shapes created by Japanese masters and the natural open landscape of Cornwall, Julia moved away from classical studio pottery and set her attention towards creating large scale pieces on which to paint her dreamlike figures and forms. This marked a turning point in her work as an artist and a potter.
Using the physical challenge of making vases on a larger scale as a way to channel her emotional energy, Julia symbolises these emotions and struggles in the painting of each piece, using powerful imagery often depicting nude female forms and wild looking natural elements. Julia has exhibited around Cornwall, London and New York, and is currently based at her studio in Falmouth, owned by the family run Morgan’s Gallery and studios.