Elevating the Handmade with Julia Galloway

In this video, Julia Galloway shares a wide variety of her inventive throwing and handbuilding techniques, her beautiful surface techniques, and so much more! Julia covers five of her signature forms from start to finish, plus several approaches to creating narrative surfaces with text, imagery, slip, and glaze. In addition to an abundance of great throwing, handbuilding, and surface techniques, Julia shares her insights into being a craftsperson in this day and age, along with great stories from her years in clay. After watching this video, you’ll feel like you spent an afternoon with Julia in her studio one on one.

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Julia Galloway

About the Artist

Julia Galloway is a utilitarian potter, director of the School of Art and professor at the University of Montana, Missoula. Julia was born and raised in Boston. She earned her BFA at New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University and her MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Julia has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of numerous museums including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and the Long Beach Art Museum in Long Beach, California. She has served on the boards of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. To learn more about Julia, please visit

  • I have such an art crush on you! : ) you make me laugh and feel so happy to make pots. I was in Missoula recently and I am so bummed that I did not know you were there. Maybe next time I can add one of your pots to MY collection 😉

  • Preeta M.

    Woah you’ve made me question my own work. why i use that particular imagery. And to really think about each aspect of the vessel. The lips, the feet and how you expect users to use them. I just love the intimacy of sharing your life, your thoughts with the person using your pots. Your manner is so welcoming. i felt like i was in your kitchen with my shoes off drinking a cup of tea as you explained to me the how to. this really made me question why i do what.

  • Michelle H.

    I love your videos. I watch them for ideas, inspiration, and just to hear your philosophy about living a full life. You are wise and whimsical and you make me smile. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts.

  • Fabienne L.

    Delightful video, thank you! What is the use of the little clay ball and paper in the lid, please?

    • Hi Fabienne, the little ball of clay rolls around in the lid after it is fired and makes a nice rattling noise. – CAN Staff

  • Andreanne P.

    Beautiful work and wonderful teacher, truly inspired me to find and give more meaning to the pieces I create! Love Julia’s lid-making process through using slabs. I would like to know how she creates/attaches the knobs on the lid to cover up the hole needed to let the air escape in the kiln, if she would share of course 🙂

  • Telesha B.

    I’ve been taking clay classes in Virginia for about a year and am also in the process of setting up a clay studio for myself at home. Your whole series was simply lovely and inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing your gifts and knowledge with us in this way.

  • Tanir M.

    Thank you so much for this video. I have seen quite a few of the videos on this site, but none have moved me more than this. It was not just the ‘how to’, but the ‘why’ that made it so intriguing. I could listen and watch you all day long.

  • Amy K.

    You are so personable, delightful and fun to hang out with! Wonderful tips and inspiration. Thank you!

  • Alllan W.

    Thank you so much for your videos. I love the way you see things. You are so positive and bright. You added a bit of sunshine to my day. Thank you. i love your work too. ha

  • Christine W.

    Thank you so much for your inspiration and obvious love of clay. If ever you want to visit Greece be sure to look me up.

  • Caroline O.

    What a lovely engaging manner you have and thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge so generously!

  • Carin L.

    Just love the videos. I wish that you were my teacher. You are so entertaining, and such a great teacher. And your work is beautiful. Wish that I could take your classes.
    Carin Lindedahl.. Sweden

  • Terrie M.

    Wow, what an amazing gift. Thank you so much Julia for thoughtful, inspiring, generous wisdom.

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