Julia Turner’s work is driven by a continuous exploration of materials and techniques from diverse disciplines. Her studio tables are plied with small experiments in form and surface which she arranges and re-arranges, finding tensions, creating compositions, moving ideas forward and developing the strongest impulses into finished work. She freely combines everything that interests her; mixing hot and cold connections, carving and fabricating, wood and gold, traditional enamel and industrial paint. Her work reflects a fascination with the boundary between the human –built and natural worlds, the beauty of accidental collaborations between them, and our often funny ideas about what we can control.
Originally from Wisconsin, Julia Turner’s study of metalworking began there and took her to Ohio before she moved west to San Francisco, where she has been living and making jewelry since 1995. She has taught and traveled widely, and her work has been exhibited in numerous shows in the US and Europe.