I just wanted to let you know that the box arrived safely and well today.
And I am speechless! The Lotus Cup and the Dog Rhyton are so beautiful
I cannot stop admiring them! They are true works of art and look like
actual ancient artifacts. The pictures online do not even do them justice
because they are so breathtaking in real life. Thank you for being so
committed and reliable; keeping me always in loop as to the progression
of the order. And thank you for your hard work in creating these - I will
always treasure them and definitely order more items from you some day.
And just out of interest: would there ever be a chance of making some
new custom commissions of other ancient artifacts if we discuss the feasibility
and pricing of everything? You've definitely won a customer for life.
Thank you again and I wish you lots of success and prosperity!
Stefan K., New York City USA
Hey Julia! The package arrived today, in good order. That's some fine
work you do, ma'am. I can't wait to try it all out! Thanks again! :-)
The items I have ordered from Julia have been along the line of personal
kit items for legionaries and hoplites. I have had two of her roman canteens
and one water bottle.
One of the canteens was pierced through the side by a belt frog while
on a display in
March; it has nothing to do with the quality of the item as I had used
it for a few years prior, ncluding the parades in Rome, up the via Appia
to the circus Maximus, and coliseum and back etc etc.
Her products are excellent and I would recommend her whole heartedly,as
would many others in the reenacting community.
The only thing preventing me ordering more from her is the fact I live
I the UK,
So as the price of an item goes up, so do the taxes I pay on receipt
Byron A, UK
The couvre-feu just arrived and it's perfect!!!
It is exactly what I always wanted and I can't thank you enough!
I truly can't wait until I can get you to make something for us again.
Thank you for the lovely Christmas ornaments too. We will treasure
are great, and I am just now filling the tub to soak the cover for a
Many thanks again for all your hard work and kindness.
With gratitude and admiration,
Mary S. Ossipee, NH countryladyantiques.com
Yes, they are here! I love them, very very nice!
I will tell people who made them. Thank you so much.
I am out of town now, but looking much forward to order from you again.
Peter, Hong Kong
First of all, just
found the website half an hour ago, and posted your Facebook page to
my own friends list. You have earned *Epic* nerd cred in my book! Oh
I have *got* to hang out with you... :-D Yes, as someone who took a
triple Major in History, Archaeology, and Anthropology, and a lifelong
craftsman, I hereby convey unto you Nerd Cred at the utmost level of
Epic. J Really cannot speak highly enough of what I’m seeing,
and what you’re doing.
Thank you! My lamp and plate arrived today, in fine shape. I'm really
pleased!! Your hand-made work is beautiful.
Robert, North Carolina USA
September 10, 2013
Julia, you took my vision and shaped it with your hands. These jars
are beautiful! The wedding jars are sweet, strong, and spiritual –
nice energy for a marriage. The crone jars speak of power and seasons
and cycles. I can’t wait to show everyone.
were closed from December 2011 to January2013 in order to move to our
present location in Las Vegas New Mexico USA
I am loving the kylix, many many thanks. Hope the move is going well
and just mulling over what to order next.
Fri, October 28, 2011
I received the package--and the pieces [several Greek reproduction pieces
were ordered] once again impressed the design team! There are great!
Thanks so much for making that happen!
Meredith (Propmaster, Chicago) USA
Julia and Dino:
We had a wonderful
visit today. The food was, as usual, excellent surpassed only by your
It is nice to have
wonderful people as your friends.
The kylix was better
than I had expected. You are, indeed, a true artist. We will be proud
to display it and show it to our other friends
Jaya and Ramu
Hope the sale of your house is not to stressful. Just thought I should
let you know that I received the pottery all intact yesterday, they
are now proudly displayed for all to see. They are wonderful fit well
with my other archaeological replicas.
Many thanks and all the best in your future endeavours.
I was talking to
Craig (Manning Imperial) and he and I both noted that you have no competitors
for authenticity and quality.
Christian Cameron, CANADA
kernos arrived today, perfectly packed, and with no damage whatsoever.
THEY ARE SPECTACULAR!
I have also seen
pics of the krater and pomegranate kernos for Thalia....WOW!
Oh! You are just
In the Gods,
I have several of Julia's pieces, and her dedication to recreating pottery
is superb. I have used her productions in my reenactment demonstrations
many compliments. However, I will caution those who acquire her pieces
they are period made and low fire - they are more delicate then our
I also have quite a number of Julia's pieces; I've never broken any
of them and
(frankly) I wouldn't be put off by this comment. Pottery is by nature
and now and then a piece will--and did--break. This is part of the game.
Reasonable care will avoid the problem in my experience.
If a piece DOES
break...it is worth remembering (for those who do this stuff in
a reenactment sense) that one of the ways our recreations fail the test
history is that...we have much more control over our environment than
really do, or did. One of the ways this is expressed is that...usually
everything is JUST THE WAY WE WANT IT; and that usually means clean,
and appealing to our taste. A few broken bits around really helps the
historicity, IMHO. There were many folks drinking out of cracked cups
out of cracked bowls, and a large trade in repairs, as the historical
shows. In point of fact, Dino (Italian born, and having seen this live
youth) offers a service "tinkering" broken pottery with metal
wire...[Dino tinkers new cookware to make it last
longer, not broken pottery. VCat]
is an important issue to anyone reading this (speaking purely
from a factual basis; no snobbery or put-down is intended to anyone):
pottery is very, very, VERY much more accurate in terms of historical
than the items shown from the other potter Correus is using. SVVM QVIQVE...you
pays your money and you takes your choice. But, on the score of historical
accuracy—there is no competition (at least at this point; Julia
down. Correus' potter could certainly improve if he/she becomes sufficiently
interested) and the world could use as many good reproductionists as
so I hope they do.
VALETE Kevin McDermott
The cup and lamp arrived last week. I put off going to the post office
until Friday and then it was too late and it was bundled away with my
priest's mail; I could only get them after the Vigil Mass on Saturday.
But they have arrived. Thank you - it is all exactingly as I want it.
You have done wonderful work. I assure you these shall be put to good
Kevin Alexander, AUSTRALIA
Hi Julia, received the amphora and stand and I am very impressed with
your level of craftsmanship - truly a work of art. Thanks again,
Yes, it's SO good that the SKYPHOS was unharmed! It is a much closer
repro in terms of shape and proportions: your eye is good! They are
both reasonable historical objects, I think: but the second is much
more a reproduction of the original. I'm looking forward to using it.
Thanks for your talents and friendship,
Yes, I AM particular; and I also try to be very honest with my comments:
if I compliment you, you will always know that I mean exactly what I
I don't know how you went about achieving what you did on this one:
whether it was making one after another until one came right; or tinkering
with one until it was right, or just looking and looking and looking
and then, when you went to the wheel, what happened was right. But any
of these methods is tremendously informative and produces the kind of
eye and hand skill that makes the difference between being a craftsman
and being a reproductionist; just like (in my business, as I have FAR
too much experience of!) there is a difference between being a good
pianist and being an accompanist! The second of each pair subsumes all
the excellent qualities of the first, but then adds additional requirements
to the mix.
With the reproduction stuff, the primary skill needed is a very acute
skill in observation. Truly, the details are what make the difference:
not ALL details, however: there was (and should still be) variation
from piece to piece—and to learn the range of acceptable variation
is the result of long, hard work looking at as many of "whatever"
as you can to develop that sense. But there are some things that DON'T
change—CAN'T change without altering the whole feel of the piece—and,
when you add history into it, can spell out whether an object is from
"then" or "then." These can be very, very small
details; sometimes particular curves or angles or proportions between
different parts are the defining issues.
There's a reason that traditional skills were traditionally taught by
imitation: whether it was a wanna-be composer sitting down and hand-copying
symphonies or chorales by master composers for a long time before trying
their own hand; or a wanna-be painter who spends days and days in the
gallery copying famous paintings; or an apprentice shoemaker, or carpenter,
or potter who spent perhaps years watching the master work and then
being given progressively more complex tasks to do, endlessly repeated:
all of these things lock a particular way of doing something into the
brain and, when the young beginner's own creativity is finally added
to the mix, provide guidance and a (by then) thoroughly subconscious
matrix of style on which to build.
It is difficult today for a reproductionist to gain that kind of long-drawn-out
experience: unless you are a potter at a museum village who really CAN
make thousands of the same thing over a long period of time and get
paid for it it's almost impossible. So I think the time spent looking
and looking and looking becomes even more important.
As I wrote previously: I think you have a natural gift for these Hellenistic
pieces. I hope you keep up with them and they do well for you, as they
All the best, K USA
Thank you - it is all exactingly as I want it. You have done wonderful
work. I assure you these shall be put to good use.
K Alexander Australia