Clockwise from top right, Judith aka Julems, one of her beautiful ceramics, Jeffrey Levine and Bonnie Powers, owners of Poet and the Bench, and a selection of Julem’s pieces.

Though she’s moved back to The Netherlands, where she was born and raised, in 2021, renowned ceramicist Judith Lemmens has roots here in Mill Valley. Her ceramics brand, Julems – a combination of her first and last names – was born out of her home studio in the 94941.

She returns to Mill Valley on July 30 (2-5pm), bringing nearly 50 new ceramic pieces to Poet and/the Bench, the nearly five-year-old Poet and/the Bench lifestyle store and jewelry atelier space on the block of Throckmorton Ave. that includes the Cinemark Sequoia movie theater.

After a career in interior design, Lemmons had children and switched to graphic design and illustration. “My style ranges from subtle to bold looks, always staying true to my aesthetic of keeping designs simple in shape, color and graphics,” she says. “My inspiration mostly comes from geometrics and elements in nature. One piece inspires the next, I like creating different variations on a design, making each piece unique on its own and harmonious in a group. This way I create items that can go together without being the same.”

Powers hails Julems’ Scandi-Cali aesthetic as returns home from Eindhoven for a short visit. “We are absolutely delighted to celebrate her at our shop in Mill Valley! Some are fave forms and designs you’ve been collecting and coveting since she launched on the Mill Valley scene; there’s also brand new ones inspired by her year in the Netherlands.”

Poet and/the Bench is at 11 Throckmorton Avenue.


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