New exhibition highlights age-old techniques

Julia Cowie gives a fascinating insight into  age-old  metal casting techniques during her exhibition at Whitefox Gallery, Homestead Arts & Crafts Centre, at the Hirsel, Coldstream
Julia Cowie gives a fascinating insight into age-old metal casting techniques during her exhibition at Whitefox Gallery, Homestead Arts & Crafts Centre, at the Hirsel, Coldstream

Acclaimed metal worker and silversmith Julia Cowie is guest artist at the White Fox Gallery, at the Homestead, on Coldstream’s Hirsel Estate.

Casting moulds made of Berwickshire sand and Hume clay mix, the size of the grain, shell content etc creating a particular texture to her work, Julia is fascinated with integrating her creations with the land.

The exhibition ‘Lives in a landscape’ opens to the public on Sunday, July 24, at 3pm and weather permitting Julia will be giving a demonstration of the casting process giving an educational and fascinating insight into this age-old technique. The exhibition is open until October 16.

Julia explains “Landscape holds our history and sustains us – it inhabits us as much as we inhabit it. I have chosen to work with natural materials from local landscape as far as possible.

“I’ve also chosen to use traditional processes, which bring us closer to the landscape and lives lived on the land; processes such as forging and casting. The work celebrates the interaction of people with their cultural and natural environments.

“My design is led by what the processes and materials can achieve and how pieces feel when held. The character of a piece arises from the process of making and patina. Connecting with and creating in the landscape, a concern for sustainability and reflecting on the importance of the domestic is at the heart of my work.

“I want the viewer to find a sense of space and connection; and to reflect on the value of small lives well lived.”

“The exhibition will be an extraordinary experience”, says Virginie of the White Fox Gallery, “where opposites meet in subtle ways – modernity meeting antiquity and ordinary metals merging with precious metals –, where the demarcation line between useful and decorative is beautifully blurred and where traces of past lives in each small grains of sand leave their unique mark on vessels for generations to come.”