Julie Shepherd

Artist Profile                      
Julie was born in Rockhampton in 1956 where she trained as a Registered Nurse and lived in Central Queensland until 1993. After moving to Brisbane she completed a Certificate in Textile Design at Morton Institute of TAFE in 1996 and an Advanced Diploma of Ceramics at Southbank Institute of TAFE in 1999. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art,Griffith University.

A graduate award, which Julie won at the Queensland Potters Association Graduate Exhibition in 2000 lead to her first exhibition Transcendence in 2000 at Fusions Gallery. She has had window installations Life Forms in 2001 and The Flowering in 2004 at the Craft Queensland Gallery, and has been involved in numerous group Exhibitions. Julie's first solo exhibition Enlighten was held at Fusions Gallery in July 2003.
Her artwork is held in regional Art Gallery Collections as well as numerous private collections.
Included in the many awards she has won for her porcelain art is the Memento- QLD Merchandise Awards,Lord Mayor's prize for best entry in 2002 and 2001.
The 2002,2003 and 2004 Ipswich Annual Arts Awards, prize for works in 3D
The 2002 Stanthorpe Arts Festival ceramics prize.
Pine Rivers Art Award Major overall art prize in 2003.

Julie specializes in fine polished porcelain with pierced or translucent decoration using bowl and sculptural forms. She started using translucent porcelain to express the fragility of the natural environment due to human impact. The piercing resulted from looking at electron microscope illustrations of the lacey structures within nature. Her porcelain work has become an expression of her femininity because of the strong linkage with traditional female textile crafts. (The process of piercing is very similar to
using a needle while sewing) The outward appearance of the porcelian is of fragility, however the work has immense inner strength and durability.

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