Nicola is a ceramic artist living and working in Glasgow, Scotland.
Recent work ‘Echoes’ (160 slip-cast bone-china and porcelain bricks) and ‘You can’t look back because it’s gone’ (photographic images projected through a clayprint ‘window’) explore themes of industrial archaeology – referencing Glasgow and the West of Scotland’s industrial heritage, de-industrialisation and urban regeneration.
The ‘State of Flux’ series (2014) are interpretations of bowls and bottles formed from types of metamorphic and igneous rock.
‘Metamorphic’ open bowls represent a type of rock known as migmatitic gneiss. Deep beneath the earth’s crust the rock is formed under such huge temperatures and pressure that it begins to melt allowing the minerals making up the rock to move towards each other forming separate layers (known as ‘banding’). These bands compress and distort, giving the impression of waves and movement. It was important to extend the waves into the form of the vessel imparting a subtle dynamic energy and flow – though we think of rock as something static, unmalleable and permanent, like everything we see, it is in a state of “flux”, having a life cycle of it’s own, changing and recycling itself over millions of years.
The ‘Lava’ bottles evolved through researching mosaicked and laminated mineral crystals of types of igneous rock under the microscope. Assembled when much of the clay is almost leather-hard and without traditional scoring and slip, the process for making these sculptural pieces is deliberately unpredictable. Different clays are layered together, rolled thinly, torn, layered and rolled multiple times. Finally the thin laminated clay is torn into pieces and re-connected again creating a bottle form looking as if it might have been pulled from the debris of a volcanic devastation. The bottles are fired multiple times.
Scottish Artist’s Union
Society of Scottish Artists
Visual Art Scotland
Glasgow Ceramics Studio