Julia Turner is fascinated by the possibilities of material. Her pieces are the result of a process of distillation: From a studio filled with hundreds of tiny studies and experiments, the artist simplifies over and over, eliminating the unnecessary, drawing out the beauty of plain surfaces and simple forms.
Julia Turner works with tools, materials, and techniques from many disciplines, often finding surprising ways of crossing from one to another. She freely combines hot and cold connections, carving and fabricating, traditional enamel and simple paint, wood and gold...she has no rules in the studio other than "Make it well".
Since her formal schooling in metalsmithing, Turner has continuously added new skills to her studio practice, through both classes and self-driven experimentation. Her enthusiasm for new challenges has taken her on many travels, including artist residencies in Germany and the Czech Republic, and workshops and symposia across the US and beyond. Julia holds an M.F.A. from Miami University, Ohio.
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