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Featured Shop: Julia E. Dean

Jan 12, 2015

by Julia E. Dean

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Julia E. Dean, and I’m a wife, mother, designer and potter enjoying life and creative community in Ithaca, New York.

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My husband and I moved from North Carolina to upstate New York in 2007. The natural beauty and warm, intentional spirit of the people here simply wouldn’t let us go after we visited the area. We had a strange and difficult 12 months following that trip; it was a time full of doubt and trust, fear and courage. By the end of it all, we were driving north in a U-haul with our three-year-old. During that time of discernment, we learned so much about ourselves, our marriage, the magnitude of our dreams, and the vision we had for our small family.

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I fell in love with clay at a young age. I’ve been making pots since college, but it was the fortitude I found inside myself when we relocated and the physical beauty surrounding me in my new home that inspired the collections you see in my shop today. I began by gathering leaves during my daily walks in the woods; then, I would bring them back to my studio and explore ways to record them in clay. What I see looking back is that I was really recording my own story in clay – as the process revealed itself, I was discovering which forms I really loved making. Then in 2011, I created my Etsy shop. I was so proud to share the results of my work.

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Since then, I’ve added a new design to my shop each year, including an entire collection called “Beachcomber,” in which I record the impressions of shells. Julia E. Dean, Inc. is now three years old; opening my business and getting so much international exposure and guidance from the Etsy community has led to exciting growth. We’re a certified Living Wage Employer with three part-time helpers, and we hold more than 50 wholesale accounts across the United States.

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Although our tiny basement studio space has served us well, we are ecstatic to be moving into a new studio this summer. The new space will be large enough to house our production, as well as establish a teaching studio for the community. I couldn’t be more excited to provide a place for students and community members to learn and grow.

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Maker and studio photographs by Kristine Tsui, product photographs by Dede Hatch.

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Personalized Pottery Coffee Mug-Coffee Craver
Personalized Pottery Coffee Mug-Coffee Craver
juliaedean
$42.00 USD
White sugar bowl
White sugar bowl
juliaedean
$24.00 USD
Coffee Lover Pottery Mug - Handmade Mug - Gift for Her - Gift for Him
Coffee Lover Pottery Mug - Handmade Mug - Gift for Her - Gift for Him
juliaedean
$36.00 USD
Ceramic Soup Bowl - Cereal Bowl - Handmade blue bowl
Ceramic Soup Bowl - Cereal Bowl - Handmade blue bowl
juliaedean
$30.00 USD
Cappuccino Mug - Handmade Pottery Mug -8 oz mug
Cappuccino Mug - Handmade Pottery Mug -8 oz mug
juliaedean
$32.00 USD
Pottery Serving Bowl -Pottery Bowl
Pottery Serving Bowl -Pottery Bowl
juliaedean
$48.00 USD
Tiny succulent planter - Air plant hanging planter
Tiny succulent planter - Air plant hanging planter
juliaedean
$32.00 USD
Handmade coffee mug - Rustic ceramic mug - Fusion Style Asymmetrical Coffee Mug
Handmade coffee mug - Rustic ceramic mug - Fusion Style Asymmetrical Coffee Mug
juliaedean
$36.00 USD
Tiny Robins Egg Nest-Miniature
Tiny Robins Egg Nest-Miniature
juliaedean
$16.00 USD
Pasta Bowl - Buddha Bowl
Pasta Bowl - Buddha Bowl
juliaedean
$48.00 USD
Sugar Bowl - Blue cream and sugar
Sugar Bowl - Blue cream and sugar
juliaedean
$24.00 USD
Coffee Creamer - Tiny Pitcher Creamer
Coffee Creamer - Tiny Pitcher Creamer
juliaedean
$24.00 USD
Personalized Pottery Coffee Mug - Coffee Craver
Personalized Pottery Coffee Mug - Coffee Craver
juliaedean
$42.00 USD
Cozy Coffee Mug - Fireside Coffee Mug -  Blue Ceramic Coffee Mug
Cozy Coffee Mug - Fireside Coffee Mug - Blue Ceramic Coffee Mug
juliaedean
$32.00 USD
Tiny vase
Tiny vase
juliaedean
$24.00 USD
Chowder Bowl - Large Soup bowl - Large Cereal bowl
Chowder Bowl - Large Soup bowl - Large Cereal bowl
juliaedean
$34.00 USD
Coffee Craver Cappuccino Mug - Handmade Pottery Mug -8 oz mug
Coffee Craver Cappuccino Mug - Handmade Pottery Mug -8 oz mug
juliaedean
$32.00 USD
Breakfast Bowl - Succulent planter - Small pottery bowl
Breakfast Bowl - Succulent planter - Small pottery bowl
juliaedean
$28.00 USD
Tiny pottery bowl - Condiment Bowl - Ramekin - Rustic bowl
Tiny pottery bowl - Condiment Bowl - Ramekin - Rustic bowl
juliaedean
$28.00 USD
Coffee Creamer - Tiny Pitcher Creamer
Coffee Creamer - Tiny Pitcher Creamer
juliaedean
$24.00 USD
Tapas Plate - Dessert Plate - Blue Ceramic Plate Woodland or Beachcomber - Luncheon Plate
Tapas Plate - Dessert Plate - Blue Ceramic Plate Woodland or Beachcomber - Luncheon Plate
juliaedean
$30.00 USD
Tiny Round Bowl - Ceramic Baking Ramekin - Yogurt cup - Condiment dish
Tiny Round Bowl - Ceramic Baking Ramekin - Yogurt cup - Condiment dish
juliaedean
$28.00 USD
Handmade Dinner Plate - Woodland or Beachcomber
Handmade Dinner Plate - Woodland or Beachcomber
juliaedean
$48.00 USD
White dinner plate - Ceramic Handmade Plate - White Dinnerware
White dinner plate - Ceramic Handmade Plate - White Dinnerware
juliaedean
$48.00 USD
White small plate - Tapas plate - Luncheon plate - Ceramic Handmade Plate -  White Dinnerware
White small plate - Tapas plate - Luncheon plate - Ceramic Handmade Plate - White Dinnerware
juliaedean
$30.00 USD
Serving bowl - Casserole dish - white serving bowl
Serving bowl - Casserole dish - white serving bowl
juliaedean
$48.00 USD
Wine chiller - Utensil Holder - Utensil Crock
Wine chiller - Utensil Holder - Utensil Crock
juliaedean
$48.00 USD

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