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Julia Cowie

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Lives in a Landscape is my response to the landscape. I believe that reading the landscape is a hard-wired survival skill in us all. Landscape holds our history and sustains us – it inhabits us as much as we inhabit it.
I have chosen to work with materials from my local landscape as far as possible. I’ve also chosen to use traditional processes, which bring us closer to the landscape and lives lived on the land; processes including forging, hammering and casting. By using traditional processes and found materials I can minimise the impact that my work has on the environment.
My design is led by what the processes and materials can achieve and how pieces feel when held. The surface patterns, textures and forms are integral to the making. The pieces are domestic in scale often using non precious metal, asking us to value small lives well lived.
Julia Cowie - metalwork and jewellery designer maker

BDes (Hons) 1st Class, Jewellery and Metalwork
Master of Public Health. Master of Public and Social Administration. Diploma in Town Planning

VACMA artist's grant for Stone to Bowl
FCAC Mentoring grant
Scottish Sculpture Workshop Nightshift residency
Pittenweem Arts Festival Student Artist Bursary
F and A Bradshaw Travel Bursary to Alchimia, Florence
Society of Designer Craftsmen Award (New Designers)
Guild of Jewellery Designers Gold Membership
Goldsmith’s Company Silver Bursary Award
Scottish Sculpture Workshop, emerging artist in residence
Artist in Residence at Clachtoll Broch 2018/19

SUNY New Paltz, exchange semester
Bryony Knox at Coburg House
Eileen Gatt Studio
Ebba Goring Studio
Goldsmith’s Company Undergraduate Summer School in Silver-Smithing
Azza Fahmy Design Studio, Cairo
Tramway Visual Arts Centre Glasgow portfolio

VAS Converge 2016
Create in Fife
East Neuk Open Studios
New Designers
Pittenweem Arts Festival
Silver in the Shadows, Scottish Fisheries Museum
Ones to Watch, Duncan of Jordanstone
West Dean open studios
Dundee Contemporary Arts Christmas Fair
Azza Fahmy Design Studio Cairo
SUNY New Paltz, New York State
Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee
Tramway Visual Arts Centre,
Glasgow Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow

Publications and Workshops:
Night-shift organic jewellery workshop
Society of Enamellers NE branch casting workshop
Non stuff festival up-cycling workshop
‘Region 1 Workshop with Maureen Carswell – Using Foil’, Quarterly Journal of British Guild of Enamellers. Winter 2014
Pearls is Tears’ video of my sound piece, December 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdnDlB1Z-8I
‘Lives in a Landscape, An investigation of art and the inspiration of landscape’ January 2015
wee silver bowl, sand cast. Silver and Damascus steel
  • Julia Cowie
  • wee silver bowl, sand cast. Silver and Damascus steel
  • Silversmithing
bronze bowl, sea water patina
  • Julia Cowie
  • bronze bowl, sea water patina
  • Silversmithing
wee tumblers and spoons - iron, steel. ceramic
  • Julia Cowie
  • wee tumblers and spoons - iron, steel. ceramic
  • Mixed Media