ARTIST STATEMENT

All my work is an attempt to deal with psychological issues and explore emotions and feelings in depth. I am interested in examining the entity of the form during the process of transitioning from one realm to the other, from one stage of development to the next one.

 

I use an abstract organic shape to suggest the ambiguity of the process, signify the importance of the change and difficulty of the transitioning.

 

In my creative process I explore the relationship between sculptural form and the surface treatment and integrate the idea of interchangeability between a flat image and the three-dimensionality of sculpture. My sculptures convey the inner-world of a person – a world remembered or imagined from the past; a world of a dream, or a nightmare; a world of unfulfilled expectations.

 

Before jumping into the creation of an actual work, I research the subject matter, make multiple sketches and get a general idea of the final outcome, but in many cases the idea develops itself and takes over. I like to let it go and follow the creative flow. All my work is hand-built and hand-painted with underglazes.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Julia Feld, a San Jose, California artist, was born and raised in Russia where she studied chemistry and developmental psychology. After moving to the USA, she resumed her education; studied design, drawing, painting and discovered that clay was the medium that she was searching for to implement her ideas about the three-dimensional world.


She has developed a highly personal style that incorporates narrative painting and ceramic sculpture in one work of art. She paints on clay with underglazes and creates an illusion of interchangeable reality. In her work she explores psychological and emotional issues of a deep personal nature.

For the past nine years she has been an active member of the ceramic community. She is an exhibiting member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA), board member and a jury coordinator. Also, she is a member of The International Ceramic Artists Association (ICAA), China.


Her work has been shown all over the US and internationally (Italy, China, Romania, Latvia, Turkey) at different galleries and museums.

She has received numerous prizes and awards, among them:

  • 2019 Bronz Medal, International Teapot Exhibition, Yixing, China

  • 2018 Grand Prize for Texas International Teapot Tournament, Clay Arts Museum, Huston;

  • 2017 NICHE Award in the category “Ceramic Sculpture”;

  • 2017 Honorable Mention at 3rd Cluj Ceramic Biennale, Romania;

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Area of Expertise

Hand Building

Wheel Throwing

Underglaze Painting

China Painting

Maiolica Painting

Decals&Image Transfer

Raku

Mold Making/Slip Casting

Professional Affiliations

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Education

MFA 2012   Studio Art, Ceramic Sculpture - University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH           

BFA 2008   Art/Spatial Art, Ceramic Sculpture, Summa Cum Laude - SJSU, San Jose, CA

BA   2008   Art/General Design (Graphic Design), Summa Cum Laude - SJSU, San Jose, CA

Honors and Awards

2019     Bronze Medal, First World Teapot Art Competition, Yixing, China

2018     Grand Prize, 11th International Texas Teapot Tournament, Clay Arts Museum and Education, Houston, TX

2017     Honorable Mention, 3rd International Cluj Ceramics Biennale, Cluj, Romania
             NICHE Award Winner, professional category - Sculptural Ceramics

2015     Jurors Award, Botanica: All Things Plant Life, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA 

             Jurors Award, Materials: Hard & Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX

             2nd Place, IInd Annual Teapot Show, Alpha Fired Arts Gallery, Sacramento, CA

             Ist Place, Two by Two: Small-Scale Ceramic Sculpture Biennial, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

2014     Merit Award, 20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX

             2nd Place, Big Fish Small Pot: Sixth International Small Teapot Competition, AMOCA, Pomona, CA

2012     Research Award, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2011     Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning Grant, Miami, OH

             Undergraduate Mentorship Program Grant, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

             Honorable Mention, Jersey Shore Clay National, M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ

             Ist Place, Feats of Clay, Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA

             Wolfstein Travel Grant, College of DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

             2011 NICHE Award Winner (Student Category, Sculptural Ceramics)

             3rd Place, ACGA Clay and Glass National Juried Competition, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2010     Honorable Mention, Go Figure! National Juried Figurative Exhibit, SCAL, Santa Cruz, CA                                  

             Scott Hill Gallery Award, 21st Annual California Clay Competition, Davis, CA

             University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP, Graduate Scholarship Award, Cincinnati, OH

 2009    Group 4 Award, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO

             Creativity Award, 20th Annual California Clay Competition, Davis, CA

             Ist Place, 25th Annual Open Juried Show, LGAA, Los Gatos, CA                                
2008     San Jose State University, School of Art and Design Scholarship, San Jose, CA

             Aftosa Award, 19th Annual California Clay Competition, Davis, CA 

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions

2018   Essence of the Woman, Clay Hand Studios, Fresno, CA

2017   Essence of the Woman, The Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
2016   Teapots and Figures By Julia Feld, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto, CA

2013   Emotion In Motion, SMAart Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Figures. Ceramic Sculptures by Fred Yokel and Julia Feld, Sutter Creek, CA

           Triplication, Gallery 212, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, CA

2012   Julia Feld. Ceramic Sculptures, Weiss Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
2008   Hide and Seek, Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2008   Erotic Fantasies, Black Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2007   The City Skin, Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Selected Shows

2019   The First World Teapot Art Competition, (juried), Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, China

           Exposition Oeuvres Crées en Résidence, Chapelle de la Misericorde, Vallauris, France

           Sculpture National, (juried), Clay Center of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

           Small Favors, (invitational), The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

           Think Outside The Jar: 100 Years AMACO, (invitational), NCECA, Minneapolis, MN

 

2018   NCECA, Subversive Flower, Braddock, PA

           Bienala International De Ceramic Cluj 2017, Galatea Contemporary, Bucharest, Romania

           11th International Texas Teapot Tournament, (juried), Clay Arts Museum,Houston, TX

           By Hand. International Biennial Competition, (juried), Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA

2017   Ceramic Biennale: Memory Box, (juried) Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia

           Third International Cluj Ceramics Biennale, (juried), Cluj, Romania

           Yixing Art Museum (“Temporary Exhibition Hall”), Yixing City, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China

           Teapots VIII (juried), Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

 

2016   The Small Show (invitational), Pence Art Gallery, Davis, CA

           The Engaged Object, (juried), Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

           Teatime: Ceramics, (invitational), Pence Art Gallery, Davis, CA

           27th Annual California Clay Competition, (juried) The Artery, Davis, CA

           Passing the Baton: Ceramic Show, (invitational), Ridley Gallery at Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

 

2015   Figuratively Speaking 2015, (invitational) SMAart Gallery & Studio, San Francisco, CA 

           Botanica: All Things Plant Life, (juried) Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA 

           Teapots! 9th Invitational, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

           Materials: Hard & Soft, (juried) Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX

           2X2: Small-Scale Ceramic Sculpture, (juried) Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

 

2014   20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Arts, San Angelo, TX

           In Full Bloom, (juried) Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

           Beyond the Brickyard, (juried) International Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

           On the Surface: Clay Decoration, (juried) Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

           Teapots! 8th invitational, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

 

2013   24th Annual California Clay Competition, (juried) The Artery, Davis, CA

           Eight from ACGA, (juried) Devis Art Center, Davis, CA

           Crazy Critter, (invitational) Pence Art Gallery, Davis, CA

           ACGA National Clay & Glass, (juried) City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA

2012   Small Work, (invitational) Pence Art Gallery, Davis, CA

           The Teapot Redefined, (invitational) Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

           The Third Dimension, (invitational) Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, MO

2011   3D from DAAP, Brazee Street Studios, Gallery One One, Cincinnati, OH

           International Symposium, Overglaze-Underglaze Painting, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

           Jersey Shore Clay National, (juried), M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ

           Feats of Clay, (juried), Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA

          100 Teapots V, National Juried Competition, Baltimore Clayworks    Baltimore, MD

 

2010   Go Figure!, National Juried Figurative Exhibit, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

           A New Decade of Clay: 2010 (juried), Village at Northstar at Tahoe Resort, Incline Village, NV

           Red Heat Contemporary Work in Clay (juried), University of Tulsa School of Art, Tulsa, OK

           Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture (juried), Guilford Art Center, Guilford , CT

          18th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Arts, San Angelo, TX

           Beyond the Brickyard, International Exhibition (juried), Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

 

2009   AWD Small Works Show (juried), Art Work Downtown Gallery, San Rafael, CA

           Black Bean Ceramic Art Center (invitational), San Jose, CA

           Clay3 National Juried Ceramic Exhibition, Clay Space, Warrenville, IL

           Out of the Fire: Clay & Glass From ACGA (juried), Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

Teaching Experience

2019 - present            Ceramic Instructor, West Valley Community College, Saratoga, CA

2015 - present            Ceramic Instructor, Gavilan Community College, Gilroy, CA

2014 - present            Ceramic Instructor, Cabrillo Community College, Aptos, CA

2012 - present            Ceramic Instructor, De Anza Community College, Cupertino, CA

© 2020 by Julia Feld / juliafeld@yahoo.com

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