Julie Cromwell’s exhibition at Sanderson entitled Shadows Within, is part of an ongoing study of how ceramic vessels represent both their physical form, as well as embody intangible qualities such as spatial, sensual and ethereal.
The artist’s suite of ceramics embody the very materiality of the earth; fire, form, space, weight and redolence. Shadows Within is a sensory experience, where the smoky smell of the vessels and the warmth retained from firing is equally as compelling and important as the aesthetic nature of the work.
Cromwell has been working with clay for many years, graduating from Derbyshire University with a major in Studio Ceramics, later receiving a Bachelor in Education from Leeds University. Since that time, Julie has taught, lived and worked in Northland, and continues to develop her ceramics practice. In 2019, she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Cromwell was the first-prize winner of the 2019 Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards.