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 be used in daily life - nourishment, celebration, comfort, decoration and discovery. Lofty goals for a humble pot! In our hurried world, using hand-made objects can give us a moment to pause, and observe.

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 biology 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
Denver Botanic Gardens Gift Shop, Denver, CO
Rabid Rabits Galleria -  Longmont, CO
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Ojo Sarco Pottery and Gallery, Ojo Sarco NM
Seasons on St. Croix, Hudson, WI
The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN

ART AWARDS/HONORS/EXHIBITS

Colorado Clay – 2014
“delectable-The Fine Art of Dining”– Art Student’s League of Denver 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 Faire 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