Julie Wiggins is a full time studio potter living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is represented by Lark & Key Gallery, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Mudfire Studio & Gallery, and more. Her work has been featured at the American Craft Council and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as several national conferences and exhibitions, including NCECA. Julie has nearly a decade of experience as an educator, including courses taught at Clayworks and The McColl Center for Visual Art. Originally from Jacksonville, NC, Julie graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Ceramics. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. In 2006, 2010 and 2013 she received a Regional Artist Grant to purchase a treadle wheel, pug mill and electric kiln. In 2014, she received a CSA (Community Shared Art) grant through the Arts and Science Council to make 50 tumblers for 50 collectors. Also in 2014, she expanded her business and moved into a new home studio where she lives with her husband Dave in Charlotte. Julie has fond memories from growing up, surrounded by warm blue skies, expansive beaches, and bright green farmland. Though her work as a ceramicist has taken her to Europe, Mexico, Morocco, and beyond, she still holds a place in her heart for the easy-going Southern lifestyle. Today, as an active member of the clay community, she continues to support herself as a studio potter and educator.