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Julie Tesser
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope

ARTIST STATEMENT: I look closely at plants, primarily cacti, succulents and flowers and view them and their components as little sculptures. Their natural forms are inviting and I am fascinated by the act of their growth. I explore this notion of their life force in my work. Collections of natural objects are of interest to me and I aim to capture their essence in my creative process. Laid out on tables or shelves, they become specimens of the natural world. Hung across a wall, they are botanical worlds created in clay. My embroideries are intricate and intimate. I hope to bring the viewer into my detailed process with color and beauty. Folk art, nature and portraits are inspirations. Ornate, architectural details from such countries as Spain and India, as well as the brownstones of my Brooklyn neighborhood are influences. The interior and exterior window and door treatments are sources as well as interior design elements such as patterned wallpaper, rugs, fabrics and tiles. Allowing the material to speak for itself I embrace the clay's tactile quality and am inspired to create sculpture and installations that merge the above elements together.

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B.F.A. Ceramics, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH. 1981
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA. 1979


-Atlantic Gallery, Connections III: Artists Selecting Artists, New York, NY 2018
-Cleveland Institute of Art, Alumni Exhibition, Cleveland, OH 2018
-LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory; Ceramic Sculpture, Queens, NY 2017
-Atlantic Gallery, Connections II: An Invitation Exhibition of Artists Selecting Artists; New York,
NY 2017
-The Art School at Old Church, 28th Annual New Jersey Small Works Show at the Mikhail Zakin
-Gallery, Demarest, NJ 2017
-Clay Art Center, REDUX: Transformations 6x6; Port Chester, NY 2017
-Clay Art Center, In Our Backyard, Hot Pots; Port Chester, NY 2016
-Resnick Gallery, Long Island University, Belonging; Brooklyn, NY 2016
-The Clay Studio, Flora; Philadelphia, PA 2016
-Franklin Park Conservatory, De La Naturaleza; Columbus, OH 2016
-Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Botanica: All Things Plant Life; Walnut Creek,
CA 2015
-Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College Arts Center, Urban Naturalists; New Rochelle,
NY 2015
-The Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD, Less is More, Small Works in a Great
Space 2013
-Hess Gallery of Elizabethtown College, Show Clay-Invitation, Elizabethtown, PA 2013
-Gallery Project, Process as Content, Ann Arbor, MI 2012
-Garrison Art Center, Clay, a Material, Garrison NY 2011
-A.I.R. Gallery, GENERATIONS VII, New York, NY 2010
-Pelham Art Center, Gift-It, Ceramic Exhibit, Pelham, NY 2010
-Salt Art Gallery, Visual Translations, Philadelphia, PA 2010
-The Clay Studio, CLAY & FIBER, Philadelphia, PA 2010
-Gallery Project, Obsession, Ann Arbor, MI 2009
-Archer Gallery, Beasts and Botanical , Vancouver, WA 2009
-Media Loft Gallery, Elemental Color, 3-person exhibition. New Rochelle, NY 2008
-Governors Island, IN-SITE Sculptor's Guild Group Exhibition 2008
-Supermarket Art Fair, in conjunction with The Sculptor's Guild. Stockholm, Sweden 2008
-Borelli-Edwards Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art Ceramics Department 1978-2008
Pittsburgh, PA 2008
-Traveling group exhibition to Convivium33 Gallery at Josaphat Arts Hall, Cleveland, OH 2008
-A.I.R. Gallery, GENERATIONS VI, New York, NY 2008
-Gallery Gora, Exposition Collective, Montreal CA 2007
-A.I.R. Gallery, GENERATIONS V, New York, NY 2006
-Gallery 128, PIECES 6, New York, NY 2005
-A. I. R. Gallery, GENERATIONS IV, New York, NY 2004
-New Fahrenheit Gallery, Clay City, Kansas City, MO 2002
-A. I. R. Gallery, GENERATIONS III, New York, NY 2002
-Gallery 128, Clay on the Wall, New York, NY 2001
-A. I. R. Gallery, GENERATIONS II: A Survey of Women Artists At The Millennium, NY, NY 2000
-Mobilia Gallery, The Great Balancing Act/Teapots Redefined II; Cambridge, MA. Traveling
exhibition/SOFA Chicago 1999
-Avante Gallery, Ceramic Alumni Exhibition, Cleveland, OH 1999
-Ensign John Booth House, 300 Years of Art & Design: A Benefit Showcase for the North Fork
Environmental Council, Southhold, NY 1998
-Jane Hartsook Gallery; Greenwich House Pottery. Artists On Their Own, New York, NY 1997
-Bank Street College of Education Exhibition Space, Tile-Art & Environment, New York, NY 1997
-Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. Monarch National Ceramic Competition Florence, AL
-San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts; The Eleventh Annual San Angelo National Ceramic
Competition; San Angelo, TX 1996
-Clay Art Center, Tiles and Vases, 2 person exhibition, Port Chester, NY 1996
-Chester Springs Studio; Studio Days 1994, Chester Springs, PA. 1994
-Max Fish Gallery, New York, NY. Group Show 1991
-Fashion Institute of Technology, Artisans Space, Shirley Goodman Resource Center, Artists in -
Space: Clay, site specific work, New York, NY 1987


-The New York Palace Hotel, Dom Perignon Suite, Wall Installation . 2013
Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority/Snyderman Gallery, 1% Art for Public Places,
Philadelphia, PA. Tiled Wall Relief; 4' x 30'; South Street between 9th & 10th Sts. 1986
-Cleveland Institute of Art, Charles Mosgo Award, For outstanding achievement in ceramics,
Cleveland, OH 1981


-Tuxedo Park School, Visiting Artist, Tuxedo Park, NY, 2020
-Aquebogue, NY Visiting Artist; Glass and ceramic mosaic for Aquebogue Elementary School sign
-Aquebogue, NY; Saving the Sea. A Mosaic Project at Aquebogue Elementary School
-Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts; Newcastle, ME 2007
-Akron University, Akron Ohio; Lecture 2000
-Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; Visiting Artist 2000
-Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts; Newcastle, ME 1999
-Moravian Pottery and Tile Works; Doylestown, PA 1993
-A Show of Hands; Tuscon AZ. Visiting Artist. Worked with people of all ages from the
community and taught within the Tuscon school system 1992
-Phoenix Airport, Public Art Commission; Phoenix, AZ. Visiting Artist; collaborative tile and
mosaic mural; taught junior-high students 1991
-Ceramic Instructor; Lower West Side Children's Center. New York, NY 1984-86
-Omaha Brickworks, Omaha, NB, Alternative Worksites Summer Workshop 1982 &1983


-Flash Point, Vol. 10, No. 3 & 4, Jul.-Dec. ‘97/Tile Heritage Foundation, Tile: Art &
Environment, An Exhibition in New York
-The Guild © 1997, The Best of New Ceramic Art.
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, The Eleventh Annual San Angelo National Ceramic
Competition, 1996, Catalogue


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