Saturday, December 21, 2019

Discovering New Ceramic Works By Julian Covey!

For those last minute holiday shoppers out there, today we feature the ceramic work of Julian Covey!  Julian's functional ceramic pieces have been very popular this Holiday Season.  We still have an amazing selection of mugs, bowls, and vases available.  Affordably priced, these works make excellent gifts!

Julian Covey is a Halifax based ceramic artist. He was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and has spent much of his life in Montreal. He completed his ceramics education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2018 and he maintains both sculptural and utilitarian ceramic practices.





There's a ton of work that goes into each piece. From design to production, each vessel is carefully    crafted and curated by the artist.  Julian's production work typically starts as a 3D model he designs on a computer to create a template.  The computer generated template is printed in sections and is used to create an initial mould in plaster.  To extend the life of the mould, the plaster version is then cast in rubber to create a negative.

A porcelain casting slip (a liquid clay mixture) is introduced into the rubber mould, filling the negative space and creating  a "positive".  The positive dries to a solid form, the pieces are then assembled, and are now ready to be fired in a kiln.

Each piece needs to be fired twice. The first firing transforms the clay into ceramic which prepares the surface for glazing. The second firing fuses the glaze onto the vessel.
Beyond the studio, Julian works as a kiln technician, teaches classes and is currently the president of the board of directors of Visual Arts Nova Scotia. He is passionate about ceramic art and its ability to record and communicate complex concepts through material culture.



Julian has been the recipient of several awards. While at NSCAD he received the Kevin and Karen Lynch Scholarship for Ceramics, the MacAdam Trust Scholarship, the Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award, the Walter Ostram Scholarship for Ceramics, the World Encounter Scholarship and was nominated for the Starfish Student Award in his final year.Since completing his studies, Julian was selected for the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia’s airCRAFT and Craft LAIR residencies and was awarded a creation grant from Arts Nova Scotia’s Equity Initiative.

Ceramic Artworks by Julian Covey are available for purchase through Argyle Fine Art.  For inquiries contact us at
(902) 425-9456, or via email at gallery@argylefa.com


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