Approved: 16.08.2006

Ailsa Nicholson

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

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

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  • Location: Whitby, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Private commissions, Exhibitions programme, Gallery education
  • Categories: Project, Ceramics, Glass, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: Ceramics, Sculpture, Wheel thrown, Ceramic Artist, Pottery, Clay, Handbuilt, Glass Artist, Kiln formed Glass, Recycling
 
 

Biography

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.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1999 - BA Hons Ceramics - First Class Hons, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Cardiff, Mid Glamorgan, Wales Group exhibitions 2012 - The Christmas Collection 2012, The Pyramid Gallery, York 2011 - North Yorkshire Open Studios, Whitby, Whitby 2009 - Naked Ambition, The Grosmont Gallery, Grosmont, Whitby 2007 - Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield 2007 - Art in Clay pottery and ceramics festival, Hatfield House, Hatfield 2007 - Chapel Gallery, Chapel Gallery, Riseley 2007 - Spring show, The Chapel Gallery, Bedford 2006 - Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield 2006 - Art in Clay - Hatfield House, Hatfield House, Hatfield 2006 - Brighton Art Fair, Brighton 2005 - Yorkshire Coast Open Studios, Art Connections, Ruswarp 2001 - Art Legacy Gallery, Odiham, Hants 1999 - Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield 1999 - Degree Show, Cardiff University, Howard Gardens, Cardiff 1998 - Sacred and Profane Exhibition, Cardiff City Museum, Cardiff, Mid Glamorgan, Wales