About Me

Artist Bio

Julie Elkins received a BFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. She first gained recognition for her porcelain sculptures exhibited at SOFA Chicago in 2003. From there, her work made its way into permanent collections of The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, The Fuller Craft Museum, and the Kamn Teapot Foundation. Currently she teaches ceramics at Virginia State University, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School. She leads many creative workshops in the community, and was the Sculptor in Residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Rodin exhibition in2016. Julie is represented by the Eric Shindler Gallery in Richmond, VA and Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus Ohio.

Artist Statement

Inspired by childhood obsessions, I try to capture the magic I found in the shoebox dioramas I made when I was a kid. My first dioramas were little worlds made from rocks, grass, flowers and found bits of trash. Now, working with porcelain, I continue to build miniature worlds filled with layers of details. There is a range of subject matter within each work, and I like to think of each piece as a visual poem or story. Some poems are about the intricate entanglements of history, illustrated through interactions between southern architecture, local ecology, subterranean levels, and archeology. Others poems contain characters. I personify objects such as trees or houses to portray themes of social issues and the human experience. I aim to leave the viewer with that same sense of wonder and discovery I felt as a child while looking into that little shoe box.

Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

BFA. Craft and Material Studies. Concentration in Ceramics and Metalsmithing. August, 2003.


COLLECTIONS

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Fuller Craft Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, North Carolina.

Arthur Goldberg Collection, Boston Massachusetts.


AWARDS & GRANTS

Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on the Arts and Culture and private donations: “Artists in Schools Grant”.

Key West, Florida. August, 2012.

Bobby Kadis Award.  Full Scholarship in Ceramics. 

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.  May, 2004. 

Peachtree Award.  Scholarship in Crafts.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 2002.   

Allan Eastman Founders Fund.  Scholarship in Ceramics. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.  May 2001.


RESIDENCIES

North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC. Spring 2018.


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, Ohio. 2006-Present.

Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA. 2009-Present


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

“ Misadventures” Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH. October 2012.

“Julie Elkins: New Work” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA. September 2009.

“Remembering to Remember”, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH. March 2009.

“Brick by Brick”, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA.  October 2005.

“New Works”, Hershey Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA.  March 2005.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019

"Laluzapalooza" La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA.

2017

"Intimate" Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH.

“Redux: Transformations 6X6” Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY.

“Current Art Fair” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2016

“Art Among the Ruins” 1708 Gallery, Satellite Exhibition, Richmond, VA.

2015

“Work” True F. Luck Gallery, Richmond, VA.

“And Then Suddenly, Everything Was New” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2014

“Teatime: Annual National Invitational” Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY.

“Work” True F. Luck Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2012

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago IL.

“Fairytales, Fantasy, and Fear” Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

“Generosity of Spirit” Penland School of Crafts Benefit ” The Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2011

“Fighting Rainbows” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2010

“50th Anniversary Celebration” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago, IL.

“Emergence” (NCECA Gallery TourBahdeebahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2009

“Home Sweet Home” Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY.

“Midnight Snack” Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond, VA.

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago, IL.

“Group Exhibition” Eric Shindler Gallery, Richmond, VA.                                             

“Teapots, Steep in Thought” Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburg, PA.

2008

“Adaptation”, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA. March.

“Plant Zero @ Artspace”, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA.

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago, IL. 

 “The Amazing Ceramics on Gist Street! (NCECA Gallery Tour)”James Simon Sculpture Studio, Pittsburgh, PA.   

2007

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago IL. 

“Grand Opening” VisArts Center, Rockville, MA.                                                

2006

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Sherrie Gallerie, Chicago IL. 

“The Curious Teapot”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO.

2005

SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL.   

2004

“The Object and Its Place”, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC. 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS CONTINUED

 “Teapots: Object to Subject”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO.

“100 Teapots 2”, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. 

2003

 “SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, and Functional Art) Chicago” Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL. 


PUBLICATIONS

Starr, Ann. “Porcelain of the Possessed” Starr Review. Starr-review.blogspot.com. Nov, 2012.

Upfront, “Sherrie Gallerie Exhibition”, Ceramics Monthly.April, 2009. 17.

Kaizaad Kotwal, “The Many Faces of Clay: Dazzling, Dizzying, Dynamic-                                                   Ceramic Sculptors on the Cutting Edge”, Short North Gazette, December, 2008.

Bird Cox, “Medium”, Brick Weekly, July 10, 2008, 5.

Potpourri, “Steeped in Richmond”, Richmond Home Magazine, Fall, 2006, 24.

Upfront, “Juried Exhibition of Teapots”, Ceramics MonthlyFebruary, 2004, 22.

Mike Giuliano, “Clayworks’ tempestuous return to ‘Teapots’”,

The Columbia Flier, January 29, 2004, 35.

 

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