Nicola Gillis

Material: Ceramics | Location: East Sussex
To make my work I use warm, stoneware clay. As I delight in the preparation and sharing of food with friends and family, I consider first what I would like to use in my home. Then, what process I will use: slab, coil, carve or wheel thrown, choosing what clay character to manifest in each different piece. I develop the surface with oxide brush marks and wax resist.

I draw inspiration from traditional terracotta slipware with its bold and colourful marks and Japanese tableware, where there is a specific purpose for each vessel and pleasure is drawn from individuality.

Although there are commonalities in my work, I do not seek to replicate size or marks. I embrace imperfection.

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