"My chair was designed with my love of raku tiles in mind. The four rabbits are seen running into the future. The two small tiles are the symbol for "rabbit" in Chinese characters. The attached Chinese proverb is my wish for 2011, "Year of the Rabbit."
Julie Nelson, a Kiln, MS. resident has been a pottery enthusiast all of her life. She is a retired Registered Nurse who now spends much of her time in her pottery studio. Her specialty is raku pottery with an emphasis on raku tiles.
Julie studied with Regan Carney in Bay St. Louis in 1998 and 1999. From 1999 to 2004 she was mentored in the art of raku by Joe Bernard of Lacombe, LA. In 2004 she moved to Waveland, and like so many others lost home and studio to Hurricane Katrina. In 2006 she was ‘adopted’ by the Minnesota Helpers who assisted her in re-establishing her studio at her new home in Kiln. She was one of several Gulf Coast artists featured in the Stephanie Watts documentary “The Art of the Storm” produced in 2006.
Julie has commissioned wall hangings at the Bay St. Louis and Waveland libraries. Her work is currently being sold at Gallery 220, The Social Chair, Antique Maison and People’s Bank on Hwy 90 in Bay St. Louis, MS.; Rougerou Bayou Gallery at the Riverwalk in New Orleans, LA.; and Brown’s Fine Art Gallery in Jackson, MS. She may be reached by phone at 228-255-6055. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.