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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 Gift, Campfire mug, Log Cabin, Rustic Kitchen, Tree Leaves, Wedding Gift
Personalized Pottery Coffee Mug, Coffee Craver, Personalized Gift, Campfire mug, Log Cabin, Rustic Kitchen, Tree Leaves, Wedding Gift
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$45.00 USD
Coffee Lover Pottery Mug - Handmade Mug - Gift for Her - Gift for Him - Julia E. Dean
Coffee Lover Pottery Mug - Handmade Mug - Gift for Her - Gift for Him - Julia E. Dean
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$39.00 USD
Handmade Pottery Bowl, Soup, Cereal, Serving, Chowder, Chili, Winter White, Log Cabin, Rustic Kitchen, Wedding Gift
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Pottery Biscuit Boat, FREE SHIPPING, Serving Dish, Oval Platter, Shallow Bowl, Creamy White, Sunday Brunch, Hostess Gift
Pottery Biscuit Boat, FREE SHIPPING, Serving Dish, Oval Platter, Shallow Bowl, Creamy White, Sunday Brunch, Hostess Gift
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$42.00 USD
Tiny succulent planter - Air plant hanging planter - Handmade Pottery Spring Decor
Tiny succulent planter - Air plant hanging planter - Handmade Pottery Spring Decor
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Tiny pottery bowl - Condiment Bowl - Ramekin - Rustic bowl
Tiny pottery bowl - Condiment Bowl - Ramekin - Rustic bowl
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$31.00 USD
Handmade Pottery Bowl
Handmade Pottery Bowl
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$31.00 USD
Personalized Pottery Coffee Mug - Coffee Craver - Handmade Pottery Mug - Customized Gift
Personalized Pottery Coffee Mug - Coffee Craver - Handmade Pottery Mug - Customized Gift
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$45.00 USD
Cozy Coffee Mug - Fireside Coffee Mug -  Blue Ceramic Coffee Mug - Handmade Pottery by juliaedean
Cozy Coffee Mug - Fireside Coffee Mug - Blue Ceramic Coffee Mug - Handmade Pottery by juliaedean
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$35.00 USD
Handmade cake stand, 8 inch cake plate, dessert pedestal, winter white, wedding cake stand, cupcake display, log cabin decor
Handmade cake stand, 8 inch cake plate, dessert pedestal, winter white, wedding cake stand, cupcake display, log cabin decor
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$73.00 USD
Handmade coffee mug - Rustic ceramic mug - Fusion Style Asymmetrical Coffee Mug
Handmade coffee mug - Rustic ceramic mug - Fusion Style Asymmetrical Coffee Mug
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Handmade Ceramic Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Hand carved Spoon, Artisan Pottery, FREE U.S. Shipping & GIFT BOX
Handmade Ceramic Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Hand carved Spoon, Artisan Pottery, FREE U.S. Shipping & GIFT BOX
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$59.00 USD
Artisan Ceramic Soup Miso Bowl - Cereal Bowl - Blue Dishware - Handmade Pottery by juliaedean
Artisan Ceramic Soup Miso Bowl - Cereal Bowl - Blue Dishware - Handmade Pottery by juliaedean
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$33.00 USD
Pottery Serving Bowl -Pottery Bowl
Pottery Serving Bowl -Pottery Bowl
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$51.00 USD
Coffee Creamer - Tiny Pitcher Creamer
Coffee Creamer - Tiny Pitcher Creamer
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$27.00 USD
Sugar Bowl - Handmade Pottery - Salt cellar
Sugar Bowl - Handmade Pottery - Salt cellar
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$27.00 USD
Tiny vase
Tiny vase
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$27.00 USD
Wine chiller - Utensil Holder - Utensil Crock
Wine chiller - Utensil Holder - Utensil Crock
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$51.00 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
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$33.00 USD
Stoneware Pitcher, Handmade Pottery, FREE U.S. Shipping & GIFT BOX, Wedding Gift, Pine Needles, Log Cabin decor
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$62.00 USD
Breakfast Bowl - Succulent planter - Small pottery bowl
Breakfast Bowl - Succulent planter - Small pottery bowl
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$31.00 USD
Handmade Pottery Tumbler, Water Glass, 14 ounces, Creamy White, FREE U.S. Shipping & GIFT BOX, Log Cabin, Rustic Kitchen, Pine Needles
Handmade Pottery Tumbler, Water Glass, 14 ounces, Creamy White, FREE U.S. Shipping & GIFT BOX, Log Cabin, Rustic Kitchen, Pine Needles
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Handmade Pottery Utensil Holder, Vase, Wine Chiller, FREE U.S. Shipping & GIFT BOX, Hostess Gift, Pine Needles, Chef gift, Log Cabin decor
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$58.00 USD
Handmade Dinner Plate - Woodland or Beachcomber
Handmade Dinner Plate - Woodland or Beachcomber
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Handmade Pottery Tea, Juice, Whiskey, Cup, 8 oz, FREE U.S. Shipping & GIFT BOX, Creamy White, Log Cabin, Rustic Kitchen, Tiny Vase
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$31.00 USD

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