Julie May is a glass artist and printmaker working in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She loves to study nature, art, and other cultures and creates art in nearly every medium, from printmaking to glassblowing to drawing to jewelry making. Julie has a degree in art education from Asbury College and pursues a career that incorporates both the making and teaching of art.
As a child, Julie was always interested in ‘making stuff,’ whether it was cooking a dessert for the family, creating a picture to hang on the fridge, or sculpting a bowl in which to keep her treasures. School art classes further intensified this interest, and it was in high school that she received her first taste of the glass medium in the form of learning stained glass. It took off from here. Julie majored in art and art education at Asbury College, emphasizing stained glass, but it was a trip to Pilchuck Glass School after graduating that opened the door to blown glass and printmaking.
At Pilchuck, Julie was able to learn techniques such as flame working glass, kiln forming glass, glass blowing, and printmaking on glass plates. Coming from a line of gardeners, this family love of nature began to make an appearance in Julie’s artwork. It continues to this day, both her need to study nature and her love of ‘making stuff.’