We met Nicole at an art festival this summer, where her work stood out as gems of elegant, practical, original design and superb crafting. Working on the wheel, she often alters her pieces by removing areas of clay to create forms with movement and flowing lines. Her shapes and surface decoration are contemporary and playful, and most of her current work is fired in the soda kiln that Nicole recently built herself. The soda ash and water solution sprayed into the kiln at high temperature creates a glaze sheen, directional markings from the spray, and at times, a slightly raised orange peel-like surface.
Nicole lives and works in the lovely mountain town of La Veta CO, where she also founded a gallery, and has taught art since 2006 at CO State University in Pueblo. For three years Nicole traveled with a team of ceramic artists to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to teach pottery-making skills to employees of an art-based, socially conscious business called Papillion Enterpises. Her high-fired porcelain bowls, mugs, herb-strippers (pictured above), etc. are durable, dishwasher and microwave safe and a delight see and to use!