Julie Collis is an Auckland based ceramicist who creates delicate bone china pieces that play with ideas of the utilitarian. By recreating everyday objects in ceramic, such as crumpled paper, plastic cups and milk bottles, Collis gives the objects new meaning.
Collis is interested in the 'throw away' society we live in. She calls this into question by transforming disposable objects into valuable works of art. A plastic drink bottle becomes a lustrous white ceramic object gilded in a luminous 22ct gold glaze. In doing so, she gives the object significance; changing it from a ‘throw away' object to one of beauty.
Julie Collis trained in jewellery and textile design but today works across a range of media including glass and ceramics. Her skill with a range of mediums enables her to incorporate the material that is best for communicating her intended message.
Julie Collis is one half of the creative husband and wife team at Collis Studios. Her husband Peter also makes ceramic work and is a constant soundboard for her own ideas. Peter & Julie Collis are the ultimate artisans. Together, as Collis Studios, they lead and live the true artistic lifestyle, working with their hands every day to create original works of art.
Julie Collis explores the disposable society we live in. By recreating everyday objects in ceramic, Collis tranforms the ‘throw away' to an object of beauty.