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Fire and Earth

Julie Cromwell of Fire and Earth has been working with clay for many years, graduating from Derbyshire University with a major in Studio Ceramics, later receiving a Bachelor in Education from Leeds University.

In 2019, she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Cromwell was the first-prize winner of the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 2019, a finalist in the Richard T Nelson Award 2022 + 2023, and an exhibited finalist in the Portage Ceramic Awards 2023. 

Cromwell’s works have developed from her research into the historical linage of clay and ceramics. The transmutation of clay itself captivates the artist: the material moving through states from mud to clay, to form, through fire then into permanence. The work carries marks from the hands of the creator, while being exposed to carbon firing techniques and the rudimental pit. 

Julie has taught, lived and worked in Northland and continues to develop her ceramics practice.