Nick Rees has successfully established an individual style to his work during a career that has spanned more than 35 years. The Leach tradition has given a clear foundation with technique, form and process learned through working at Muchelney Pottery.
Nick’s personal pieces also showcase a subtle and refined approach to shape and design, accentuated through carving, fluting and experimentation with slips and glazes. This surface detail combined with the uniqueness afforded by the wood firing process, allows Nick to produce a range of work that is both distinctive and organic.
1949 - Born on 25 May, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.
1967-70 - Creative Design Teaching course at Loughborough College of Education.
1970-72 - Teaching, woodwork and technical drawing, at Cardinal Wiseman R.C. Boys' Comprehensive School, Coventry.
1972 - Started apprenticeship with John Leach.
1976 - Three months as pottery assistant with Brian and Julia Newman, Aller Pottery, Somerset.
1976 - Returned to Muchelney Pottery as assistant to John Leach
1982 - Elected full Member of Somerset Guild of Craftsmen.
1984 - Study tour of Nigeria with John Leach
1990 - October, first one man exhibition, Bettles Gallery.
1993 - September, 'Key man celebration' - Exhibition and open weekend to commemorate 21 Years at Muchelney Pottery.
1995 - Elected Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association.
1998 - Elected Fellow of Craft Potters Association.
1998 - First firing of new 3-chambered wood-fired kiln at Muchelney.
2002 - Feature article in Ceramic Review, Issue 198, ‘The Potters of Muchelney’
2005 - Elected Full Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen
2008 - Purchase of electric kiln to explore the challenge of oxidised firing and new glaze developments.
1990 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire - First solo exhibition.