The Story behind Julia Smith Ceramics
My name is Julia Smith and I am a ceramic maker based near Inverness in Scotland. All the pottery in my shop is thrown or hand built and hand printed designs are added to the glazed surfaces inspired by my local natural environment and the simple pleasures of everyday life.
I discovered ceramics whilst at art school in Glasgow studying to be a product designer. I was immediately drawn to the messy organic nature of clay and the pyromaniac in me was fascinated by the changing effects fire has on clay and glazed surfaces.
I have been working with clay since graduating from art school in 1996 initially working on public and community art projects in Glasgow then developing my own pottery range and moving to the Highlands in 2010.
I live in a small quiet village on the banks of the Moray Firth where dolphins can occasionally be spotted. You will mostly find me in my studio listening to Radio 4 making my orders or developing new forms and glazes.
I am always experimenting to keep my work fresh and challenging and visited Denmark in 2014 on a ceramics residency developing direct printing on clay techniques.
A trip to Iceland in 2015 led to a new body of work made with black lava-like clay and colourful organic flowing glazes inspired by the fascinating glacial/ volcanic landscape.
If I am not in the studio you will probably find me in my garden tending my vegetable plot or in the kitchen making experimental dinners.
Around the web
Hi, I am Julia a potter based in the Highlands of Scotland. Natural earthy ceramics combined with modern printmaking best describe my everyday use ceramics.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Everywhere else orders are shipped via Standard International. Please be aware that this service can take from one week up to four weeks and does not provide Tracking information.
If you require Royal Mail RECORDED DELIVERY (UK next day delivery) or International Tracked & Signed please select that option at checkout or CONVO me before payment so I can adjust your shipping costs.
Combined shipping is offered for multiple items only if payment is sent for all items in one transaction.
If you would like your order sent to another address as a gift, let me know and I can include a gift card from you and a short message.
I am happy to take orders from any country. Let me know where you would like it shipped and I will weigh the item and find out the actual shipping costs allowing you to make an informed decision before you buy.
*Custom or import duties*
If your delivery country charges customs or import duties - these will be charges once the package reaches the destination country. You will have to pay these charges. Unfortunately we have no control over the charges and cannot inform you what they will be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country – so if you have any questions regarding this, please contact your local customs office for further information.
Refunds and Exchanges
You will be sent an email confirming that your package has been sent. If your order has not arrived after 2 weeks of that email please let me know and I can look into it. I put my return address on all packages so it may end up being posting back in some cases. Please make sure you provide a correct address. If a package has to be resent due to you providing me with an incorrect address, you will be liable for the additional postage costs.
I accept refunds/ exchanges only if what I have sold is broken, defective or quite different from what I have described it as or shown in the photographs within 7 days of you receiving it. Please read the listing carefully so you know what size the piece so you know what to expect.
I do not accept unauthorised returns under any circumstances.
Additional policies and FAQs
My earthenware work is dishwasher safe, though I recommend a combination of handwashing and the dishwasher, since handmade pots are inherently less durable than industrial. People have been known to put my earthenware pots in the microwave, but it is not something I recommend because it is the iron (metal) that is giving the clay its rich red color. This high iron content can crack pots in a microwave. I fire my clay hotter than normal earthenware in order to vitrify the body and make it as durable as possible. Do not put pots with gold or silver lustre decoration in the microwave.
I am happy to discuss custom orders. Please contact me for more information or to discuss your idea. Thanks for visiting my shop.