Julie Moon is a Toronto based ceramic artist. She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005 and completed her MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010. Prior to attending OCAD, Julie studied fashion and spent over a decade working in Toronto’s garment industry. Her love of ornament, pattern and the human figure have continuously inspired her creative practice.
Julie has participated in numerous residency programs, a few of which include The Ceramic Art Center in Berlin, Anderson Ranch Art Center, the Archie Cray Foundation and a long term residency at the The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work across US and Canada, including Birch Contemporary in Toronto, MASS Gallery in Austin, TX, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. She has also worked on several commercial projects and collaborations with Anthropologie and Union Design art consultants in Toronto.
My ceramic sculptures are created through an intuitive and meditative process of pinching and coiling clay. The finished forms, whether soft undulating mounds or pinched slabs attached to open structures, are painted with vivid colors and patterns that either punctuate or distract from their form. Prior to my artistic career in ceramics, I spent over a decade working in the fashion industry. The work I make now, continues to reflect my interest in the body and the communication of ideas surrounding identity and culture.
For the past few years, I’ve been expanding on a series of botanical sculptures. The development of this body of work has been an exploration that makes visible, my perception of the natural world. It has been an effective means to merge my interests in decoration and utility, sculpture and painting.