Photo: Ailsa Nicholson in Whitby, Yorkshire

Ailsa Nicholson


Concepts Ailsa graduated from Cardiff University in 1999 with a first class honours 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. More recently Ailsa has been working with glass, recycling and upcycling disgarded shower doors, tv stands, glass shelving etc, turning one mans trash into another mans treasure.  The thought and technical process is as inspiring for her as the forms themselves, and her work is constantly moving and changing as she pushes the boundaries and possiblities. Influences Artistic, technical, architectural, biological, psychological, social, sculptural Career path I originally studied psychology with the Open University whilst working as a counsellor. A strong passion for ceramics (discovered at evening classes) led me to study full-time at Cardiff University, where I attained a First Class Honours Degree in 1999. After graduating I moved back to the Whitby area in North Yorkshire where I set up a studio. I exhibit nationally and have undertaken many private commissions.

Location Whitby, Yorkshire
Activities Private commissions, Exhibitions programme, Gallery education
Artforms / type of project Project, Ceramics, Glass, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Tags Ceramics, Sculpture, Wheel thrown, Ceramic Artist, Pottery, Clay, Handbuilt, Glass Artist, Kiln formed Glass, Recycling

News & Events

  • Staithes Festival of Art and Heritage

    11/09/2015 – 13/09/2015
    Cottage 4a Cowbar, by the lifeboat station

    130 Artists exhibiting in the beautiful fishing port of Staithes on the North Yorkshire Moors Coast. Alongside the artists will be live music, street entertainment and glorious food.

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  • Art in the Gardens

    06/09/2014 – 07/09/2014
    Sheffield Botanical Gardens

    Art Festival within the grounds of Sheffield botanical gardens. Selected Arts as well as performing arts stage and children's activities.

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  • The Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

    12/09/2014 – 13/09/2014
    4a Cowbar, Staithes, Whitby, North Yorkshire

    Art and music festival in the beautiful sea side village of Staithes, North Yorkshire. All the cottages are open for selected Artists to exhibit and sell their work.

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