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Julie Larson, Julie Belle Larson, Julie Belle Bontomase Larson, Tyrone Larson

Biography to Display: 

See also, Tyrone Larson.

1940 Born


1961 Studied Ceramics, University of Sienna, Sienna, Italy

1962 BS State University College, Buffalo, New York

1966 MA Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


1962-1963 Art Teacher Waynesville-Fort Leonardwood School System, Waynesville, Missouri

1965-1966 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

1967 Ceramics Teacher, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Association, Birmingham, Michigan


Julie Larson began working with her husband Tyrone, a self-taught potter in 1966. Tyrone did most of the wheel work, while Julie concentrated on glazing, and designing new pieces. Julie often referenced Italian pieces she had seen as she grew up in Italy. From 1966 to 1986 their work was all made using stoneware often with the addition of 23 K Gold and Platinum Lusters.

After 1986 their work was completely collaborative.  They began to cast porcelain allowing them to further develop their interest in the architectural and geometric forms they had earlier created using slab construction techniques. Julie applied a thick coat of glaze directly to the unfired porcelain forms.  She covered the surfaces with bold geometric areas then often added the silhouette of an animal. The surfaces of many of these pieces are airbrushed using slip and then given a coat of clear overglaze.


Public Collections to Display: 

Arts & Science Center Museum, Statesville, North Carolina

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina

Lannan Museum, Palm Beach Community College, West Palm Beach, Florida

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Utah Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, Utah


Bibliography to Display: 

“An Exciting New Trend for the Tabletop-Contemporary American Crafts.” Food and Wine (May 1984).

Bevlin, Marjorie Elliott. Design Through Discovery, 1st ed. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977.

Bringle, Cynthia. “Julie & Tyrone Larson.” Studio Potter (Summer 1974).

Coyne, John, ed. The Penland School of Crafts Book of Pottery. Indianapolis, IN: A Rutledge: Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.

Flock, Jenny and Arthur Efland. “Tyrone & Julie Larson.” Craft Horizons (August 1971).

Pearson, Katherine. American Crafts: A Source Book for the Home. New York, NY: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1983.



Artist's Studio: Larson Pottery



Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks

From 1966-1986 signed by maker and designer, Julie Larson or Tyrone Larson. After 1986, with the introduction of slip cast porcelain, signed Larson. In 1992, Julie Larson signed a series of one-of-a-kind pieces "Dream Porthole." On these works Tyrone Larson's initials appear TL below her name as he contributed to the construction of the works.

Date: 1975-1988
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab-Built, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Ziggurat Sculptural Form
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast (Airbrushed slips-clear glaze.)
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Pyramid Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast (Airbrushed slips-glaze.)
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 25, 2024.