Julie Wiggins from the waist up sitting on a park bench outside holding a porcelain handmade mug that she made

Julie Wiggins received a BFA in Ceramics from East Carolina University in 2001. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. After graduating college, she began her ceramic career in Charlotte where she developed a body of work, managed a ceramics studio and helped establish Thrown Together Potters.

Potter Julie Wiggins in a purple shirt against the background of her showroom. She is sitting with a hand on her dog on the left.

Among other awards and grants, she was the recipient of NC Best in Craft from Our State Magazine, Skutt Ceramic Artist of the Year (2016) and Best in Show at the Potters’ Market (2022) at the Mint Museum where she is represented in their permanent collection. Julie’s passion for teaching extends to craft schools, art organizations and community centers nationwide. In 2021, she moved her home and studio to Bakersville, NC tucked into the Blue Ridge Parkway where she lives, makes pots and tends to her enchanted gardens near Penland School of Craft with her pup, Leon Bridges.

Julie Wiggins holds an in progress porcelain vase

Molds & Mishima: Handbuilding and Decorating Techniques

  • Julie Wiggins' hands from above a spinning potters' wheel
  • An in progress porcelain cup in sitting on foam with a carving tool laying next to it. the cup has a floral pattern carved into it.
  • Our State "Made in NC" logo for the 2021 craft category winner
  • North Carolina Arts Council Logo
  • Toe River Arts Logo