Clare Nicholl - Ceramics
About Clare Nicholl
When did you start taking an interest in art?
I've always been interested in some form of art or craft since I was a child. I really enjoyed the breadth of art in secondary school so carried it on to GCSE & A Level and then to degree level.
What course have you studied or currently studying?
I graduated in Summer 2018 from BA (Hons) Ceramics, Silversmithing & Jewellery, also having the pleasure of completing my foundation degree the year before. I'm currently studying a PGCE in Art & Design at the Coleraine Campus.
Who or what inspires your art?
I'm very much inspired by the world around us and in particular natural elements of that. I love creating juxtaposition in my work whether that is through use of material, texture or form. This is also refelctive of what inspires me, natural environments which often feature some sort of manmade material.
What do you hope people take from your work?
I hope that people find my work aesthetically pleasing and hopefully have a sense of wonder about how the piece was made. Of course, all work has some sort of concept behind it, but I like people to find their own meaning in what they see.
Do you have any other interests?
A lot of my inspiration is from the natural world, so I love to get out and about exploring our coastline and greenery. I also love learning about new processes and materials so try to take part in as many workshops with other artists/ makers as I can, some of these have included woodcarving and glassblowing.
What is your favourite memory of your time at Ulster University?
With my foundation year, my degree and placement year in the middle I had a total of 5 fantastic years at Ulster so theres definitely too many memories to have just one favourite. There's been so many great experiences such as meeting artists, exhibiting work and general studio life.
What is next for you creatively?
With doing the PGCE I'll be trying to balance that with making a small amount of work to sell throughout the year, hopefully a range of decorative pieces as well as practical tableware.