Julia Galloway is a potter with an active studio practice and a professor of ceramics 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 - Long Beach CA, the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art - Pomona, CA, and Alfred Ceramics Art Museum in New York. She was recently awarded a United States Artist Grant and named a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Montana. Julia has served on the board of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, as well as a Director at Large on the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Julia has developed and maintains service based educational website including ‘Montana Clay’, and “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans”
Artist Statement: Being a maker of utilitarian pottery for over thirty years – pottery is simply how I understand the world. Thoughtful hand-made pottery weaves into our lives, decorating the mantel or take over our kitchens. The process of making and using pottery is a wonderful expression of devotion to home, to the rituals of food and beauty. However, recently I have become distracted by the current state of our natural world, and since pottery is my language, I am using covered jars – urns, as metaphor to broadcast my concerns about our larger home, the environment. I have embarked on a three-year project; to make an urn for each endangered or threatened species in the United States. The urn is a reflection of the current consequence of the condition of our natural environment. My project is in effort to make something unseen, become seen.
The urns displayed here portray species mostly from the North East as that is where I started. I am not a scientist or reporter, and general information about species listings is very confusing (state listed vs. regionally listed vs. nationally listed vs. globally listed). The essays accompanying each urn are tid-bits of information about each species, as it is within education and action that I find great hope. This information came from reading state and national reports on fish, wildlife and plants; it is best effort research.
Part of the proceeds from these urns will go to land trust in the states where the species live.