Reception opens at The Clayground

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The Clayground in Winters, will host an opening reception for March 2018 Gallery Artist Julie Clements of Clay Pigeon Ceramics on Saturday, March 3, from 6-8 p.m. There will be live music and refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Endemic” is a collection of hand-built ceramic sculptures that were created, in part, purely to enjoy the nature of animals.

Part of the collection is presented as a narrative that alludes to an idea about how animals could respond to encroaching pressures in our modern world.

Composed of low fire white clay, Clements uses traditional construction techniques and starts most figures as pinch pots which she transforms and then uses a variety of finishing techniques to complete the process.

Clements’ inspiration comes from nature, traveling and her work with exotic animals as a zoo veterinary technician.

Clements became interested in clay sculpture while studying anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Clements’ twin sister encouraged Julie to join a sculpture class with her and she was immediately hooked. That class sent Julie on a new path, studying clay art at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at Georgia State, and finally at the University of Georgia in an MFA program. After traveling to Alaska for a summer job mushing dogs on a glacier for tourists, Clements found her second love: working with animals.

This led her to a career as a veterinary technician and, more importantly, first-hand experience working with many amazing animals. Clements combines her love for ceramic sculpture and animals by translating them into art.

“Endemic” will be at The Clayground Gallery for the entire month of March and can be seen during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information about The Clayground Gallery show or upcoming classes, visit our website at

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