Julia Clarke

After graduating from the University of Ulster in Belfast with a BA (hons) in Art and Design, Julia relocated to the South West Kerry coast where she established Skellig Pottery. Julia draws inspiration from the surrounding seascapes and fishing villages of South West county Kerry where she is located.

Here she frequents the local beaches finding driftwood and other treasures to incorporate into her ceramics. All of her work is hand built using a stoneware clay, which is then decorated with handmade stamps giving it texture and interesting qualities to the surface. This is then glazed in the colours of the ocean.

She occasionally incorpororates into the pieces a narrative taken from stories and poems or simply observations taken from her sketch book which is full of ideas and research work. Some work is directly created from a story or line of a poem, a kind of illustration in clay.

Her workshop is open Thursday-Sunday as part of the Original Kerry craft trails.

To download a copy of the Original Kerry brochure please click here and you can visit their website here

Julia's work is stocked in the following outlets:

Cois Cuain, Portmagee
Sea Synergy, Waterville
The Old Barracks Tourist Office, Caherciveen
The Original Kerry Craft Center, Castlegregory
Gallery One, Cahersiveen
Craft Makers, Ashe St. Tralee