I am fortunate to be working with clay, which is so wonderfully tactile and responsive; an alluring medium with enduring results. As a potter, I want my pots to inhabit daily life - nourishment, celebration, comfort, and decoration. Lofty goals for a humble pot! In our hurried world, using hand-made objects can give us a moment to pause, observe and connect with the maker.

I create pottery that combines clean modern form with bold graphic patterns inspired from the richness and diversity around me – landscape, textiles, botany, the microscopic world.  I draw upon my background in microbiology and apply it to my art practice.  I approach clay in a methodical manner, combining wheel-thrown and altered pieces with slab elements. I embrace coaxing form and surface decoration to interplay in a symbiotic way.  I also love color, and the challenge of using it in complementary ways. Creating work that successfully balances form, color, line and pattern is a goal and a thrill I never tire of as I am driven by my passion to create.

My life with clay has been enriched over the years by my experience as an instructor.  I find making the world of clay accessible to others very rewarding, whether through individual projects, workshops, or school-wide collaborative installations. In both the studio and the classroom,  working with clay is a very satisfying and challenging endeavor as I strive to make pottery that communicates my passion as a maker while making connections with others.

 

Nicki Rae Photography

TEACHING and COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

Art Student League of Denver  Pottery Instructor, ongoing
Workshop:Garden Sculpture,and Totems - ongoing
Decoration Demystified workshop - ongoing at ASLD
Romero Park Geometry Point mosaic 2016
Coal Creek Elementary School, Louisville, CO, mosaic benches, 2012
Douglass Elementary School - mosaic and sculpture with school, 204, 2008
Surface Decoration Workshop – City of Westminster, 2010
Visiting Artist– Coal Creek Elementary School, 2009
Visiting Artist – Explore Elementary School, Thornton; tile mural installation 2007
Artist’s assistant – Douglas Elementary School, 2006
Ceramic Instructor – Mudslingers Pottery, Louisville Colorado, 1995-1996
Ceramic Instructor – Pennsylvania State University Ceramic Art Center, 1989-1992
President Board of Directors - East Boulder County Artists, 2008-2010

EDUCATION

M.S. Plant Pathology – Pennsylvania State University, 1992
B.A. Microbiology/minor in Art – University of Wyoming, 1984
B.S. Botany – University of Wyoming, 1984

GALLERIES

Show of Hands Gallery – Denver, CO
Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery - Boulder, CO
Creative Framing Art Gallery, Louisville, CO
Denver Botanic Gardens Gift Shop, Denver, CO
Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, Museum Gift Shop, Denver, CO
Rabid Rabits Galleria -  Longmont, CO
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Silver Wear Jewelry and Fine Craft, Ojo Sarco NM HIGH ROAD ART TOUR SEPT 21-22 and 28-29. (www.highroadnewmexico.com)
Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Seasons on St. Croix, Hudson, WI
The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN
Rabbit Brush Gallery, Hygiene, CO
Margo’s Pottery & Fine Craft, Buffalo, WY

ART AWARDS/HONORS/EXHIBITS

Colorado Clay – 2014
“delectable-The Fine Art of Dining”– Art Student’s League of Denver 2017, 2014, 2013
“Contained-Teapots” Honorable Mention, Longmont CO, 2013
30 x 6 x 6 Ceramic Tile Invitational, San Angelo Texas, 2013
“Circular Paths” – 3 Woman Exhibit, 2011, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO
Best of 3D – Boulder Open Arts Fine Arts Fair 2010
First Place in Ceramics – Golden Fine Arts Festival 2010
Second Place in Ceramics – Golden Fine Arts Festival, 2009
Best of Show and First Place in Ceramics – Golden Fine Arts Fair 2008
Boulder Arts and Craft Cooperative – “Beyond Boulder”; Featured Artist Sept 7-21, 2004
Colorado Teapots –Dushanbe Teahouse, Boulder Colorado, 2002
Art for the Table – NCECA Exhibit 1999

PUBLICATIONS

500 Teacups (2005)
500 Teapots (2013)
Niche Magazine, Spring 2014
Colorado Home and Lifestyles - summer 2015