Julie Zenner, Ceramic Artist
My pottery reflects a love of nature and a range of firing techniques, from primitive pit-fired and Raku pieces to functional gas-fired stoneware. I began taking classes through the Duluth Art Institute in 2008 and continue to study and experiment with clay bodies, textures, and glaze combinations as I refine my skills and artistic style.
It is deeply satisfying to transform a lump of dirt into something beautifully functional—a cup, a teapot, a vase for spring flowers. Some days I shape the clay with purposeful intent, but often it shapes me, guiding my hands to surprising conclusions. That mystique is part of the magic. It also explains my preference for atmospheric firing methods that yield unpredictable, one-of-a-kind results.
Crafting pottery is both humbling and a source of deep joy and a sense of accomplishment for me. There is so much to learn and infinite avenues to explore. I look forward to developing additional skills and exploring new techniques, seeking inspiration from the world around me and the beautiful region I call home. As a resident of Brule, Wisconsin, I’m proud to be part of the Bayfield Artists’ Guild and northern Wisconsin’s creative community.
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