Brotherton, Julie

Julie enjoys working with clay, especially Wheel Throwing and Hand Building.

Growing up in an artistic family in Cairns, Julie experimented with many arts and crafts, but found clay to be her favourite medium.  She especially enjoys Wheel Throwing and Hand Building.

She loves the concept of combining the techniques of burnishing and applying Terra Sigillatta to her built pieces. She follows this with a sawdust firing, which gives them an earthy and natural look with interesting effects that are indicative of the different timbers used in the abstract approach to depictions of nature.  In some of her Wheel Thrown work she has continued with the nature theme by introducing a flowing water drop design.

She attended the Cairns College of TAFE in the 1990's, combining the Certificate III course with part of the Diploma in Visual Arts with teacher Kerry Grierson.

She has won awards at the Cairns Regional Show and in both the Atherton and the Mareeba Art Society Exhibitions.  She has also won Cairns Champion Art Work of the Show in 2011.  Julie and her partner have a Droughtmaster Stud "Warrina" with a beautiful waterfall and paddocks with cattle to inspire many of her works.