View Image Gallery Items for SaleAilsa Nicholson(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1947 811477 Email: Web: www.axisweb.org/artist/ailsanicholson
Ailsa graduated from Cardiff University in 1999 with a first class hons degree in Ceramics. Her work experiments with a wide variety of decorative wheel thrown pieces and handbuilt sculptures which concentrate on form rather than function and explore both negative and positive space and the movement suggested within those spaces. Clay is never weighed and work is always cut freehand to ensure each piece’s individuality.
Ailsa also makes larger scale abstract sculptures inspired largely by her fascination with the secret world of microbiology. This vast and bizarre world offers an inexhaustible supply of imagery, which complements the subtle metaphoric associations she wishes to make
Recent work explores the throwing and carving of clay and celebrating the colour of the clay itself, finishing with a clear glaze and smoke firing with salts and oxides. The use of dichroic glass fused to the raw ceramic gives the pieces an individual and jewel like quality.
Much of Ailsa’s work is experimental as she thrives on the technical challenges involved in the process of ceramics. The thought and technical process is as inspiring as the forms themselves, and her work is constantly moving and changing as she pushes the boundaries and the possibilities of clay.
My current work includes one off wheel thrown abstract sculpture, handbuilt smoke fired sculptures and decorative wheel thrown vessels.
The one off abstract sculptures are wheel thrown, sliced into sections
and reassembled, other works are either wheel thrown or handbuilt.
1965 - Born Hampton, Middlesex
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 24 Iburndale Lane, Sleights, Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK, YO22 5DP.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1947 811477
Availability: Visitors welcome but please telephone first (no public liability insurance at workshop)
Last Updated: 2013-06-13