Born in London in 1970, Julia Clarke studied Fine Art at Central St Martins School of Art, where she graduated in 1991 as a sculptor. She went onto study her PGCE at Bretton Hall and has taught sculpture and fine art alongside her practice. Based in North London, she works from her studio, in Hornsey, and ceramic studio in Holloway. Working across sculpture, drawing and weave, her work has its roots in the traditions of natural basketry materials, while drawing upon her background as a sculptor. Evoking simplicity and minimalism in the gestures and movement of her hand, her work seeks to connect natural materials and shapes created in the everyday city and landscape around us. The abstract nature of her work produces large-scale, minimalist sculptures that explore spatial compositions and play with balance, texture and the space that they inhabit.