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Nicola Gillis

Brighton based Nicola explores many different techniques to make her work and she is passionate about using ash glazes, found clays, slips, and added materials to enhance the surface. These are used on a stoneware body.

The inspiration for her work comes from weather, particularly storms and their effect on the landscape. Tumultuous seas resulting in debris washed up on shorelines. Shadows created by looming black clouds. The ever-present impact of wind and rain on everything that is around us, everything steadily changing its form and surface from one thing to another. Her work is a response to those experiences, that fascination.

Nicola’s focus is on tableware. She seeks balance from the rush of modern life in the everyday rituals of eating and drinking. These rituals are enhanced by the vessels we use; by what we see, what we pass around, what we hold and touch.