With a background in graphic design, jewellery, and card and felt making - creativity was already close to Rachel Julca’s heart. Add an inherited kiln into the mix and what you get is a host of delightful individual ceramic pieces.
As a mixed media artist Rachel creates street scene pictures, brooches, decorations and even designs clothing.
Her business, Rachel Julca Design, started in 2014 when she created her designs on cloth, which has since become her trademark style.
“I first designed my original design at a cross community course I attended for women in business.” Rachel recalled.
“For my final project I wanted to design an image I could use on a table which displayed the jewellery I made.” she added.
Rachel’s unique designs immediately captured people’s hearts.
“I decided to make some products with the design on and for about 8 months at the Fine & Dandy Fair in Belfast watched and listened and evolved my products accordingly.” she explained.
What followed this journey was the refinement of the ceramic pictures with the support of like-minded local creatives. By 2017, Rachel had left her job to become a full time creative.
“My business has evolved at an exciting rate over the years... When I say full time, it’s 24/7!” she said, adding: “I divide my time between creating the actual ceramic pieces at home where the kilns are and making up the pictures in the studio which is in the beautiful Conway Mill in Belfast.”
Making everything individually by hand, each house, tree and bicycle featured in Rachel’s work is truly one of a kind.
Living in South America and Ireland has been and continues to be a huge influence on her work. “I take inspiration from my surroundings in Ireland.” she explained.
Be it a castle, the beautiful Antrim coast or the local villages, Rachel finds beauty wherever she goes, but to create something uniquely her, she turned to her own home for inspiration.
“I took pictures of the things I love and used them as inspiration to make my design.”
As for the frames, Rachel presents her finished scenes in, they are sourced as "locally" as possible, made within the isle of Ireland from a local company.
Each and every piece Rachel creates is one of a kind, handmade pieces of art that are fun, nostalgic and will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
To make them that extra bit special, Rachel is available for commissions, where she can create personalised gifts for any occasion, from weddings and engagements to birthdays and retirements.
Rachel is strongly passionate about what she does and is constantly thinking up new ideas. On the success of her designs, she said: “The secret is listening to what the customer wants, not diluting my ideas and being passionate about what I do.”