Julie Zirlin is a Maryland artist working in clay. After obtaining a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland California, Zirlin set up a ceramic studio. Shortly thereafter, she traveled for three years in Southeast Asia spending an extended period in Japan apprenticing with a potter and living with his family. It is from this experience that she developed an appreciation of “wabi sabi” a Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. These themes guide her work and choice of firings. Julie is active in the Glen Echo Park Ceramics Program. Her work has been exhibited in Glen Echo Park, and other Washington area venues such as the Katzen Arts Center, Hillyer Arts Center, the Mansion at Strathmore, and the Sandy Spring Museum. Visit Julie Zirlin's website.