San Francisco-based artist Julia Cloutier has carved out a niche for herself within the world of ceramics. Every piece she makes is hand-thrown by Cloutier herself, and the level of refinement is immediately evident when you see her work. Minimalistic yet warm, her designs bridge the gap between a diverse array of traditional and contemporary styles.
Cloutier’s work is able to dance between time periods and styles so effectively due to the precise and difficult-to-achieve balance she’s able to strike. Her creations have a bespoke, natural feel, but they are wonderfully sleek at the same time. It’s clear her work is the confluence of many unique sources of inspiration. In a recent interview, Cloutier spoke about her process: “I try to highlight the natural beauty of the material. The tactile quality of clay is grounding, and retaining the roughness of clay is important to the work. I use different clay bodies, and each firing results in subtle variances, making each piece truly one of a kind.”
Though many of her pieces are not very large, each has the power to punctuate a space by adding a little modernist flair. Model units for the Fulton 555 condos for sale in Hayes Valley feature a few carefully selected Cloutier collections, which coalesce nicely with the interior design by AubreyMaxwell. In fact, Robbie McMillan of AubreyMaxwell explained his appreciation for Cloutier in this way: “Her work is quite distinctive and has a playful quality with interlocking pieces that beg to be moved around and reconfigured.” Interior design is about malleability; it’s about being able to mix, match, and move to create the perfect atmosphere. This is why Cloutier’s work, with its inherent ability to tie a room together with a ceramic bow, is perfect for a dynamic space like the luxury residences at Fulton 555.
Though Cloutier’s pieces would fit right in at many art galleries, many of her creations are not just for show; they are functional pieces of earthenware. Expanding on the form vs. function principle, Cloutier said, “Most days I go back and forth between making functional and sculptural work. They inform each other, and I enjoy the balance between utility and play. My ceramic objects strike a balance between my pottery and art practice, and this elusive zone is where I feel happiest with my work.”
Cloutier’s work is stunning all-around, and her contributions to Fulton 555 are no exception. In addition, her recent collaboration with artist George McCalman on a series of hand-carved cups should not be missed.