close up of beautiful jar with irises

About Julie

My degree in Art Therapy serves as a compass for my ceramic art. My clay work is a source of therapy and expression for me and, hopefully, for the viewer. For many years I have focused upon uniting clay and painting. As I become more proficient, I am more able to express my thoughts, concerns and sentiments through my art.


Recently I have been exploring the theme that all science on earth is one and that all people are as one. Whether we are urban or rural and across borders, we are one. We are connected and symbiotic. I reflect upon my time living in urban areas such as Boston, Manhattan, my hometown of Cleveland, and even in my current rural home of Cuba, Missouri. I want t to evoke that even thought these places are mede up of people with differing religions, ethnicities, and politics, we all have the same underlying aspiration for accord. We are not so different.


I paint with underglazes on my pottery as it is my canvas. I paint nature’s details using a flower, a leaf, or even an urban scene under a microscope. I magnify life’s reflection in my art. I enjoy playing with what appears to be opposites. This curiosity about why we separate and isolate ourselves from one another based on superficial walls is a reoccurring motif in my work.


CLose up of Poppy Vase by Julie BrandI work with mid-fire stoneware with both a potter’s wheel and hand building techniques. I alter and carve the leather-hard clay and then paint imagery on unfired, greenware with underglazes. After a bisque firing, I add a medley of commercial and hand-mixed glazes to the pieces before their second and, sometimes third firing.


My inspiration for subject matter emerges from my relationships with family, friends, my past experiences, and my curiosity about our interrelationships. Often, my inspiration for design arises from my rural surroundings here in Missouri where I live and work. The view from my potter’s wheel informs me of nature’s intricacies. I am thankful to have this relationship with clay and the opportunity to use art as my voice.