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celebrating the tactile


Presenting a body of work in hand-built stoneware, shaped by the transient beauty of the Thames Estuary. A response to the ebb and flow of the tides, smoothing & unsettling, revealing and concealing a myriad of forms and found objects and fragments of history.

The guiding principle or philosophy behind Julie's work is not an intellectual scrutiny of objects but a sense-driven, textural communication, aiming to activate the senses through the sensuality of the form and the materials incorporated. The relationship between the forms is significant and the vessels are often arranged in small groups.

"To me the the term and the concept 'haptic' deriving from an Ancient Greek word describing 'the texture, the feel and the pleasure of touching' perfectly describes the essence of my work and my creative approach to design which originates in the senses."

Julie O'Sullivan (formerly Spurgeon) had a career as a fine jewellery designer before returning to her first creative love, ceramics, graduating in 2008 from Central Saint Martins with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramic Design. Her degree show project Material Pleasures was developed into commercial production , supplying both Liberty, London and Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly and enabling her to develop her studio practice in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.