Julia Mills is a professional glass artist based in Penzance, Cornwall. She moved to the area in 1999 and having owned galleries in Porthleven, Mousehole and Newlyn, she now shares a studio at The Beehive in Penzance.
Surrounded by the sights and sounds of Mount’s Bay and the creative community of Penzance, Julia takes inspiration in the ephemeral light of the coast. “I love walking along the seashore – this constantly shifting interface between land and sea fuels my imagination and is a recurring theme in my work”.
Using the highest quality handmade glass sourced from around the world and enlivened by natural lines, tiny bubbles and intricate textures, Julia creates contemporary glass art full of colour and movement. She uses techniques of acid-etching and sand-blasting to manipulate and craft light as it falls onto the glass, experimenting with translucence, colour combinations and organic forms. Each piece transforms its surroundings with multi-faceted, colourful highlights and mesmerising reflections.
Watermark Gallery are delighted to stock a popular range of hand crafted glass in the gallery. Liz says, “We discovered Julia’s work whilst on holiday in Newlyn. We bought a beautiful blue fish, which now has pride of place in a sunny window at home. Over the years we have bought quite a few more for family and friends as they make the perfect present!”