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Potter's work inspired by natural world on her doorstep to feature in Highland exhibition


By Donald Wilson

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Julia Smith.
Julia Smith.

The Castle Gallery in Inverness will be featuring the work of Ardersier potter Julia Smith beginning this weekend.

The exhibition, which starts on Saturday, includes a window display of new ceramics as Julia experimented with combinations of glazes and hand-drawn illustrations.

During lockdown she has been busy working in her quiet garden studio creating works for her new show.

"I discovered clay at Glasgow School of Art when I was a product design student and was instantly drawn to the material," she said.

"Twenty-five years on I am still exploring the possibilities of shapes to make and ways of decorating the surface.

"I moved from Glasgow to Ardersier 10 years ago after visiting friends who lived in the village and I set up a little pottery in my back garden."

Julia said she was inspired by the local scenery and savours her daily walks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"My new work for the upcoming exhibition at the Castle Gallery reflects these simple pleasures of the natural world on our doorstep."

The show will feature thrown and hand-built domestic pots in earthenware clay.

The glazed colours are reminiscent of seascapes with light reflected on the water or mist rolling in.

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