Julia Cowie is a metalworker and jewellery designer maker.
Following a 1st class (Hons) BDes degree in Jewellery and Metalwork, Julia went on to win several awards, the latest being nominated as “Artist in Residence” at Clachtoll Broch 2018/19
Her main creative concern is to read the landscape with history in mind. She believes that reading the landscape is a hard-wired survival skill in us all. Landscape holds our history and sustains us – it inhabits us as much as we inhabit it.
Julia deliberately chooses to work with materials from her local landscape as far as possible and to use traditional processes, which bring us closer to the landscape and lives lived on the land; processes including forging, hammering and casting. By using traditional processes and found materials she also minimises the impact that her work has on the environment.
Her design is led by what the processes and materials can achieve and how pieces feel when held. The surface patterns, textures and forms are integral to the making. The pieces are domestic in scale often using non precious metal, asking us to value small lives well lived.
Julia has exhibited widely in Scotland. She lives and works in Cellardyke, Fife
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