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Julia Tsetso

Artist Bio: 

The smell of moose hide and sparkly beads are my earliest memories of craft. When I was 1 years old, I began to bead with my aunts and mom taught me how to use a sewing machine and how to read sewing patterns. This is my foundation in all that I make.

In 2002, I completed the Alberta College of Arts & Design's Ceramics program. When I make pottery, try to emulate birch-bark baskets. It is astonishing how a large rigid sheet of birch-bark is cut, folded and sewn together to make baskets that are round. I take clay, make a cylinder, and then alter it into a square bottom pot. I wood-fire my floral decorated pottery because I love the warm hues and blushes that the flames and ash leave behind.

I moved from the potter's studio to a sewing table with moose hide, beads and canvas. I have been making papooses, baby belts, hunter's cases, knife cased and wrench cases along the beaded items for my family. Sewing give me freedom to put my work down at a moment's notice and leave it until I can come to it; whereas clay dries and waits for no one.

Regardless of whether I am sitting at the potter's wheel or behind a sewing machine, I am at play and absorbed in creating. Creating objects with my hands, sewing sparkly beads and tanned moose hide makes me feel like a Dene Woman, This is why I love making crafts.

Last Updated: June 9, 2018
Region: 
Dehcho
Community: 
Fort Simpson
Address: 
P.O. Box 765
Fort Simpson, NT X0E 0N0
Phone: 
(867) 446-3803

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