Julia Mills Blog

A new hub for artists in Penzance!

Posted on: October 23rd, 2020 by lucy

I recently became a member of Penzance Studios, a new group of artists which aims to raise the profile of the arts in Penzance. Through collaboration the organisation is helping artists find good spaces to work, giving them new platforms to sell their work, and celebrating the thriving arts scene of our town.

As a result of this exciting project, I have moved my studio to the heart of Penzance – into the shared studio space which forms the hub of Penzance Studios. The building is known as the Beehive, and is at the top of Arcade Steps (you can access Arcade Steps from Market Jew Street opposite Tesco, or via Bread Street.)

I share this wonderful new space with two other artists, painters Felicity Robertson and Catherine Harvey Jefferson. We have a gallery area downstairs where you can see our work.

We don’t keep regular hours at the studio but you are welcome to make an appointment to visit. To find out more about contacting me to arrange a visit, and details of how to find the studio, click here. 

The move to the new studio has spurred me on to create lots of fresh work, including jewellery – always a great Christmas gift! Many pieces are now for sale via my Etsy Shop.

I’ve also been very busy working on some large new commissions; it was great to be able to focus on these uplifting pieces during lockdown earlier this year! With the nights closing in, I know these colourful and bright pieces will be giving a lot of joy to their new owners as we approach Christmas.

As ever, if you’d like to discuss a unique glass art commission, or enquire about the work I have available at the moment, please email juliamillsgallery@gmail.com or call 07875 279751.

News: The Julia Mills Gallery is on the move!

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by juliamills

I am excited to announce that I am moving to a new shared workshop next month in order to keep up with rising demand for online sales and commissions.

The current gallery in Newlyn will close at the end of September, after which I can be found at Unit 4, Harbour Road, also in Newlyn (behind Trelawny Fish Shop & Deli).

The public can still visit this new space to discuss commissions and make purchases from a selection of unique pieces in a variety of sizes.

The workshop will be shared with renowned potter Lincoln Kirby Bell, whose decorative vessels are instantly recognisable for their bold colours, distinctive patterns and sense of fun.

Lucie Sivicka will also be using the busy workshop; a versatile artist and maker, Lucie produces her own colourful ceramics and will assist me with larger commissions.

As much as I have enjoyed having the gallery, I’m really looking forward to focusing on the work behind the scenes – for example developing new designs for the framed panels I sell online. But most importantly the workshop will give me scope to take on a greater number of larger commissions, which were difficult to work on in the gallery setting.

The new workshop is in the heart of Newlyn’s working harbour area, behind Trelawney Fish & Deli and opposite the Lifeboat House.

There is plenty of parking directly opposite next to the fish market, and the workshop is accessed via some steep stone steps.

To be sure of finding at the workshop it is best to contact me in advance.

Address: Unit 4 Harbour Rd, Newlyn, TR18 5HA.

I hope to see you there soon,


Recent Commissions

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by juliamills

I have been busy this winter working on some exciting new commissions for several clients, creating bespoke glass features for windows, doors and wall panels.

yogaroom glassOne of my latest pieces is this large window feature for a yoga studio. Tanya Clarke specialises in teaching Ashtanga and Hatha Style yoga alongside meditation and mindfulness practices. Her private studio is at her peaceful cottage retreat on the Surrey/ Hants / Berks border, where this unique window is now installed.

The panel is in a specially made oak frame to fit on the narrow shelf in front of the window. It depicts the woods around Tanya’s house and even some of her pet chickens, and lends the room a restful but uplifting feeling.

10906213_10153026160704343_3388012785532333777_nAnother commission was for local art enthusiast Kathy Hill. Kathy is the Marketing Officer at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and has been a keen supporter of local artists since her time as Editor of Inside Cornwall magazine.

For her birthday Kathy wanted a unique glass panel which depicted her coastal surroundings in Newlyn. The panel features Kathy’s gorgeous Jack Russell – Jack! Local flora and fauna and fisherman’s cottages are also shown.

Kathy said: “I really love the piece, and Julia did such a great job of interpreting what I wanted. She captured Jack perfectly!”

If you are interested in creating your own bespoke panel, or commissioning a glass feature for your home, please email info@juliamillsgallery.co.uk.

Design your own contemporary stained glass panel

Posted on: April 12th, 2015 by juliamills

At my workshop perched above the fishing harbour of Newlyn, I have everything I need to create bespoke glass panels which can be framed and hung in the home.

Julia Mills, ArtistThis service has grown from the understanding that choosing glass art work is fun, but it is even more rewarding to commission a unique piece which reflects your own personality and surroundings.

You can choose colours and forms which remind you of a particular view or time of year, and select details with special meaning for you – animals, plant life, architectural features or stylistic motifs.

Past panel designs have included seashore and hedgerow motifs, castles, cottages, hares, fish and beloved pets (including dogs and chickens!)

For inspiration many clients look at current panels and select formal elements they particularly like, and mix and match colours and motifs until they have the perfect, unique combination.

Julia Mills, ArtistDesigns can be produced in a range of shapes and sizes depending on the design and budget you have inmind. They can be framed in simple oak or white frames, with or without chunky wires for easy hanging.

These bespoke panels make wonderful gifts. To find out more email info@juliamillsgallery.co.uk or for inspiration visit my shop or commission pages.


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A Jaunt Around Mousehole Harbour

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by juliamills

I am lucky enough to live and work in one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall. This autumn I’m looking forward to getting out and about and visiting some of my favourite haunts, including the nearby village of Mousehole.

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The light of the Cornish coast….

Tucked away on the periphery of Mounts Bay on Cornwall’s south coast, Mousehole is a tiny fishing village with more than its fair share of legends and folklore. The scene of Spanish raids and tragic lifeboat disasters, the village was reputedly once home to a very intrepid cat (you can read the story in ‘The Mousehole Cat’ by Antonia Barber), as well as the original ‘Star Gazey Pie’, the result of a heroic fishing trip which saved the village from starvation in the 16th Century. The picturesque harbour is illuminated every year by world-famous Christmas lights, creating a magical dreamland which delights visitors.

For me, Mousehole is a place where our relationship with our coastal surroundings is explored, not only through story-telling, but also through visual creativity; a place where inspiration awaits around every tight bend.

The moment you round the corner into the picturesque harbour is always enchanting. One of my favourite galleries can be found right here, overlooking the brightly coloured fishing boats. The Sandpiper is a treasure-trove of unusual jewellery, hand-painted furniture, colourful textiles, evocative paintings and bright glass art. Here you can unearth fascinating automata, tactile ceramics and all sorts of objects for the home, from tea cosies to candlesticks!

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The Sandpiper Gallery, Mousehole

Seawitch Stores and The Tyler Gallery are also essential stops on any jaunt around the harbour. A browse through these small galleries will reveal work by Cornwall’s contemporary artists and makers, who interpret the history and the myths of the peninsula, as well as its light, colours and forms, in myriad ways.

The perfect spot to pause is The Rock Pool Café. Directly below the car park as you enter the village, this quirky Café is named after a bathing pool in the rocks below. It has a great view, serves all sorts of tasty homemade treats and has a wonderful selection of teapots. Finally, The Old Coastguard Hotel has a warm and welcoming bar, with lots of great artwork to look at as well as reading material. An ideal spot to lose yourself for a few hours with a glass of wine, or enjoy a restorative lunch before heading home.

The Old Coastguard

The Old Coastguard


New Member – The Makers Emporium, St Just

Posted on: August 22nd, 2014 by juliamills

Whilst I enjoy emersing myself in my work in the studio, it’s also great to get out and meet other artists. I now have an opportunity to do just that as a new member of The Makers Emporium, a co-operative of artists and makers with a large gallery in St Just; the beautiful and wild reaches of West Penwith.

This colourful selection of panels looks great in the window.

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The Makers Emporium is open 10-5, Monday to Saturday at 5 Cape Cornwall Street, St Just and is well worth a visit.

Cornwall: Home to Great Craftsmanship, Design and Innovation

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by juliamills

I am lucky in Cornwall to be surrounded, not only by natural beauty, but also by a wealth of designers and creators who combine talent and innovation with a passion for this unique place.

Catherine and Val (Harvey and Jefferson) are a good example. The couple built up an internationally-renowned mosaic building and restoration business, but were determined to find a way of keeping up with demand without constant trips away from their home in West Cornwall.

Their new website, ‘Mosaics by Post’ is an innovative way of achieving this dream, bringing together Victorian designs and 25 years experience with online accessibility and affordability.

With many designs and colours to choose from, visitors to the site can build their own unique mosaic flooring complete with a matching border. The mosaics are then compiled on sheets in the Penzance studio, with a protective adhesive film to protect them during delivery. The tiles can be used inside or outside to create impressive feature flooring which is incredibly durable.

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Catherine, whose parents were both artists (her father was a potter) was inspired to research mosaic designs and techniques after visits to Spain and Russia. Val had just completed a ceramics restoration course when the two precipitously met at Art College – and a life-long partnership began.

Their restoration work centred on South London, where the Victorians created a vast repository of mosaic flooring. However the family moved to Cornwall in _____ and Catherine and Val began working on projects here. ‘Mosaics by Post’ allows them to focus on in-situ work in Cornwall, whilst still being able to satisfy the market in London.

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Since starting the website, Catherine has been busy coming up with new designs, and is keen to collaborate with landscapers, designers and architects to incorporate mosaic flooring into new builds, renovations and landscape projects.

For more information visit www.mosaicsbypost.com

Baxters Gallery, Dartmouth

Posted on: July 6th, 2014 by juliamills

It’s always exciting to see my work in fresh surroundings; even more so when the setting is the picturesque town of Dartmouth on the south coast of Devon. My glass panels have recently found a new home here at Baxters Gallery; an inspiring space filled with beautifully presented contemporary art, printmaking, craft and jewellery.

Baxters Gallery WindowSarah Duggan took over the gallery, which is located on a sunny corner between Foss and Flavel streets, in 2006. Sarah is instinctively drawn to work inspired by the coastline, and collections which “reflect a subtle sense of humour or the quirkiness of animal-life.”

On a recent visit I was pleased to see my work looked very at home, with several other artists and craftspeople from Cornwall represented. I will be delivering new work regularly and am always happy to consider commissions in the area, especially if it gives me an excuse to explore the beautiful river Dart.

The vibrant coastal town at the mouth of the river is a great place to visit, with plenty of tempting shops and restaurants – make sure you look out for the colourful window of Baxters Gallery and pay Sarah a visit.

A detail of one of the panels recently sent to Baxters can be seen below. For more information on the gallery, visit www.baxtersgallery.co.uk.

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Summer Giveaway!

Posted on: June 8th, 2014 by juliamills

Please Note – a winner has now been chosen at random and will be contacted shortly! Thanks to all those who entered, I will be running other competitions in the future. Julia

The long, light days of June have arrived and I am enjoying being in my studio as much as possible. To celebrate this lovely time of year I am running a competition to win this oak-framed panel, called ‘Fern’.

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This piece of glass art will introduce new reflections and colour into your home, helping you to make the most of an English summer!

To be in with a chance of winning, sign up to my newsletter here. We get in touch 3/4 times a year with news and offers – we won’t bombard you, and you can unsubscribe at any time!

Once the winner is chosen they will be notified and delivery will be arranged free of charge.

etched fern

Good Luck!


Troy Sailing Boats

Posted on: May 21st, 2014 by juliamills

One of my recent commissions was for a house in Fowey currently undergoing extensive renovations.

Fowey is a picturesque town at the mouth of the River Fowey on the South coast of Cornwall. Life revolves around the river here – whether that means chasing up and down in sailing boats and gigs, or relaxing and enjoying some delicious seafood on a terrace overlooking the water.

Troy windowI was asked to design three windows for the house, the first of which depicts a Troy sailing boat. Troys are a type of day boat designed specifically for racing in Fowey Harbour. They were created by Archie Watty and named after Sir Arthur-Couch’s ‘Troy Town’ novels which were based in Fowey. First launched in 1929, a Troy is a 18 ft wooden day boat with tall rigs designed to catch the wind from the surrounding hills, and therefore particularly suited to the river at Fowey.

Troys are still being built in Fowey Harbour, and can regularly be seen racing there. This window celebrates that amazing sight, and captures the feel of the impressive and colourful boats moving at speed through the water, with the surrounding hills in the distance.

To talk to me about designing your own unique commission which captures your special surroundings, email info@juliamillsgallery.co.uk.

Open Studios, 24th and 25th May

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by juliamills

Open Studios are a brilliant opportunity to get to know the work of local artists in a setting where you can touch and explore as you like and ask questions over a cup of tea, providing an insight into the process of creation that is unique to each of us.

Julia MillsPerched above the fishing port of Newlyn, my house and studio are where my imagination runs away with me. Filled with light and the sights and sounds of busy a seaside town, the house is a treasure-trove of found objects, images collected for inspiration and the work of my favourite artists.

I’ll be throwing open the doors for two days on the 24th and 25th May from 11am to 5pm each day. It will be a chance to see the way I work, from the initial design to the finished article, manipulating the form and colour of individual pieces of glass to achieve the desired effect.

You are most welcome to call in and find out more about my work, and why not have a go at creating your own unique design?! Try your hand at working up an image on paper for a framed panel – I’ll show you some examples before you decide which colours and formal elements you want to include. You can choose landscape features, plants and animals which have a particular significance for you. If you like what you have drawn, I can make it up for you as a bespoke piece of glass art!

abbottellwoodI will also be selling lots of lovely ceramics, including work by Russell Gibbs and Bethan Jones. Cards and some jewellery will also be available, with a special offer running on brooches from the wonderful duo Abbott and Ellwood.

If you’d like to contact me to find out more or to check directions e-mail info@juliamillsgallery.co.uk

My address:

6 Orchard Terrace
Cornwall TR18 5BJ

The house is a 2 min walk from the centre of Newlyn, where there are several car parks. Please note the lane which leads to my gate is steep (hence the great view!) and there are some steps – it is not suitable for disabled access unfortunately.

Cornwall Today, March Artist Feature

Posted on: March 9th, 2014 by juliamills

The artist feature in this month’s issue of Cornwall Today appeared right on schedule to show-off my work at a fantastic time of the year. March is perfect for introducing fresh colour into rooms brightened by new spring light, and a hand-crafted piece of glass will do just that.

Pebble GridWriter Alex Wade visited my home studio along with photographer Mike Newman to capture the creation of a new body of work. The location seemed to inspire them almost as much as me -“Mount’s Bay is below, in all its glory; so, too, the unceasing bustle of Newlyn’s harbour. St Michaels’ Mount looks splendid, and away in the distance is the Lizard,” wrote Alex. As you can see, Mike’s images beautifully captured the multi-faceted properties of the glass.

You can read the full article (if you’re quick!) in the magazine, but here’s a sneaky snippet.

“Julia’s handmade glassware blends abstraction with natural forms, themselves crafted from objects she finds on local seashore and coastal walks. Using top quality handmade glass sourced from around the world and enlivened by natural lines, tiny bubbles and intricate textures, Julia’s artworks are contemporary, bright, colourful and above all, joyful, with surfaces that alternately shimmer, shine and ripple – like water.” I really loved that description – thank you Alex!

pilchard wheel

If you would like to arrange to come to the studio, please contact me info@juliamills.co.uk

The Julia Mills Gallery has begun a new digital life!

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by juliamills

Having spent many happy years in my galleries, first in Porthleven and most recently in Mousehole, I made the decision at the beginning of 2014 to change the way I work. I now operate from a large, purpose-built studio at my home, in order to concentrate on bespoke commissions and producing work for sale via my new website – ta da!

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I am excited about this new phase. My work has been developing in fresh and exhilarating directions for a while now and, as much as I love being in the gallery, it feels like the right time to dedicate myself to ambitious new projects. I am looking forward to working closely with clients, architects and designers on new commissions over the next few months.

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Working on large-scale pieces for private homes and commercial clients such as restaurants will give me more freedom to create unique work in response to my surroundings. With more scope for individual projects, clients will now be able to visit me in the studio to discuss their own bespoke piece of glass art.

As well as commissions and work for sale via the website, I will also be keeping busy producing pieces for some great galleries here in Cornwall. These include The Lighthouse (Penzance), The Square Gallery (St. Mawes), Sandpiper Gallery (Mousehole) and the Cornwall Crafts Association Galleries at Trelissick and Trelowarren.

If you’d like to arrange to come and see me in my studio, please e-mail info@juliamillsgallery.co.uk