Jeremy Nichols | Episode 49
Jeremy Nichols grew up making and flying model aircraft leading to degree in Aeronautical Engineering(1971). Jeremy changed direction to a career in Social Work while he started making pots for relaxation. Eventually Jeremy caught the ‘bug’ and earned a degree in ceramics, focussing on saltglaze. He graduated 1997 in and established a workshop on an ex-farm north of London, England. His work is strongly influenced by the early aviation interests.
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I try to get to as many events as I can in the kind of areas which touch upon what I do. So exhibitions, meetings, lectures, demonstrations, museums, galleries, whatever. And that can be in the realm of fine art through to air craft shows, which I still love like a little kid, and of course ceramic events. I belong to some art and ceramic societies and we organize demo days and slide lectures and speakers and this kind of stuff.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FORM TO MAKE?
Teapots. I am sold on teapots. Anything with a handle and a spout.
Originally in designing it was finding a way to support them during firing. When unsupported they collapse. I discovered the drawbacks to the shapes I was designing and then the challenge was to find my way through that and devise a system. So that has been the challenge and there after it the challenge has been to keep the designs interesting or stimulating as well as being functional. That is key for me, I do not want to compromise on functionality in order to get the interesting form. Form must not sacrifice functionality, so that is the other challenge in designing these pieces.
Well I am afraid I am a great turner. I do a lot of turning to get these shapes. So any of my turning tools. I have a variety of them so they are my prized tools. Home made and bought.
I think it depends on what your eventual aim is. Whether your aim is to pursue an idea so that you realize it in a way that satisfies you best, or whether your circumstances are such that you have to make a living out of it. For me it was achieving an idea and following through on an idea as far as I could take it. Do not be disheartened by failures. Pursue the ideas and stick with it and work hard enough at it and eventually a solution will come. But it requires persistence and it requires attention to detail. Use the failures to discover the success.
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I work in kind of a cycle of making work for a firing. So it is about a 6 week cycle. From opening the bag of clay to lighting the burners on the salt firing. So in fact, I just started this week on a new cycle of that, so for today for example at the moment I am throwing, I am throwing bodies of the pots. At the same time I am casting handles and spouts. So I leave home at about 8 o’clock and I get to my studio at about 9-9:30. I always have a late lunch, I like to get a chunk of work done, a kind of a feeling that I’ve broken the back of a day’s work before I can relax and have something to eat. So my lunch is normally 2 o’clock and it’s back to work. I normally finish up 5 or 6 o’clock in the studio. If I have emails or admin work or writing to do often I will stop off on my way home somewhere and use my laptop to do some writing because when I get home I tend to kind of flake out a bit. So that is the pattern and obviously throwing changes to constructing and glazing ,maintaining the kiln, packing and firing and so on. Through the whole process I am thinking about designing shapes and new ideas.
StudioPottery.co.uk-Jeremy Nichols’ work