Julia GallowayMissoula, Montana

Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (ASPN Mentor) 2021, Workshop Presenter 2016

Julia Galloway is an artist and a professor at the University of Montana, Missoula. Julia has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery – Washington DC, Long Beach Art Museum – CA, the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art – Pomona, CA, and Alfred Ceramics Art Museum, NY.

Julia has served on the board of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, and Director at Large on the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Julia is a member of the ‘Green Task Force’ an influential group of artists that researches and educates environmentally thoughtful processes for Art making using ceramics. She was awarded a United States Artist Unrestricted Grant and named a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Montana. In 2023 Julia was named a lifetime ‘Fellow of the Council’ at NCECA, recognized as Artist of the Year by the Ceramics Arts Network, and was awarded the 2023 Individual Artist Award for the Arts & Culture Award in Montana.

I am interested in pottery that is joyous; beautiful objects with meaning that weave into our daily lives through use. Pottery decorates our living spaces with character and elegance. Teapots celebrate our tea drinking ritual; a pitcher adorns the mantel when not in use; a mug with slight texture inside the handle allows our fingers to discover uniqueness. Pottery is a reflection and celebration of ourselves.

I always wonder, how am I nourished by where I live? I find utilitarian pottery the best method to express my ideas. Handmade pottery is naturally rich in ideas and metaphor; pottery seeps into our houses, our kitchens, and enriches our lives. Pottery weaves into our daily lives through use and decorates our living spaces with character and elegance; pottery is joyous. Pottery is a reflection of our reality, our fantasy and ourselves.

I make pottery out of porcelain clay. It is extremely sensitive and responsive to the human touch when it’s soft; when fired it becomes dense and strong. It is this responsive nature of clay that continues to interest me. It responds to your touch, then you respond to it. The same happens in the firing process with glaze materials and the atmosphere of the kiln. Clay is a supportive and demanding medium for the creative journey of making.

I am insistent about making things with my hands. The need for beautiful domestic objects and the instinctual drive to create things are tremendous dance partners for idea and desire. Utilitarian pottery supports and represents our intimate rituals of nourishment and celebration.