BiographyJulie A. Dickinson was born on December 8, 1943, in Omaha, NE. She attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, graduating with a BA degree in studio art in 1965. She completed her MA degree in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dickinson studied at the Pond Farm summer workshops with Marguerite Wildenhain in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1976.
Dickinson has taught art to children in grades 7-12 as well as teaching at the college level in the areas of studio art, art history and art education. Her family bought a small historic ranch in Montana in 1962. In 1972, she and Janet Hero Dodge established Pioneer Pottery in Roscoe, MT. After a hiatus of about ten years during the 1980s, Dickinson returned to Pioneer Pottery in 1993.
In an artist statement, Dickinson states that she is inspired by Celtic interwoven linear patterns as well as the natural forms used in Native American art. She also is interested in the three-dimensional forms found in nature of seed pods, water-worn rocks, and flower buds.
The Seed Form II pot which Dickinson donated to the Pond Farm Collection was created from high-fire stoneware clay and glaze materials. The main form was wheel thrown but has extensive hand-built additions. Dickinson observed “The form of the pot was inspired by seed forms I have observed in the natural environment.”
Source of BiographyKidder, Lyn. “Pioneer Pottery.” Ceramics Monthly. 46:6 (June/August, 1998), 79-82;
Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and her Pond Farm Students. Curated by Billie Sessions. San Bernardino, CA: California State University, 2002;
Pond Farm Collection: Works of Art Created by Students Who Studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Studio. Text by Jane Kemp. Decorah, IA: Luther College, 2003