Julia Elsas was born in Birmingham, Alabama and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her visual art encompasses printmaking, collage, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, paper making, installation, and performance.
Julia started making ceramic instruments in 2013 when percussionist Kenny Wollesen commissioned her to create an udu drum. After the drum’s debut performance, it fell and shattered on the street, creating a spectacular sound. Julia and Kenny have been collaborating creatively and performing together since 2015. Their SONIC MUD series brings together ceramic sculptures and established musicians for one-night musical performances.
Julia’s line of functional ceramic goods, formerly marketed as RE/PRESS Editions, was established in 2016. Each ceramic piece is one-of-a-kind and hand-built in Julia’s Brooklyn, NY studio. Commissions and collaboration requests are welcome.
Julia has been an artist-in-residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia, Venice, Italy; Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA; and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. She recently participated in the inaugural cohort of the New Jewish Culture Fellowship, a Brooklyn Jews project designed to amplify and connect local artists who make risk-taking Jewish art and culture. Julia is a 2019 - 2020 Keyholder Resident at the Lower East Side Print Shop.