Q&A Nicola Briggs Ceramics

Who are you and what do you do?                                                                                                       

I’m Nicola Briggs and I make contemporary ceramics, inspired by the muted tones and textures within nature and landscapes.I work from my garden studio based in Tyldesley, Manchester.

Tell us all about what you do? Materials? Processes?                                                                          

I hand-build ceramics using my own moulds, creating textured slabs of porcelain clay. I like to work quite freely and let the process of making determine the final design …. not two pieces are identical ! Some are inspired by my original landscape drawings and these are integrated into my pieces.
I prefer a muted colour palette reflecting the ever-changing light and colours given during sunset.
My work is usually fired in the kiln three times, up to 1250 degrees Celsius. I often finish my pieces with metallic lustre to satisfy my inner magpie !!

What 5 words best describe your work                                                                                        

Nature, wabi-sabi, muted, metallic, organic

Do you have any design/art heroes?                                                                                                        

I like quite organic work so the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Elisabeth Couloigner and the gorgeous layered glazes of ceramicists Eddie Curtis, Aki Moriuchi and Brenda Holzke to name but a few !

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio                                                                       

School run, cups of tea, emails, Radio 1, textures, hand-building.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?                                                                 

Yes, I’m working on some exciting commissions for several new stockists. I also want to develop my own textures lava glazes to use on my pieces.
What will you be selling at the Artist Takeover ?
A variety of different pieces such as bowls, ring dishes and porcelain and sterling silver jewellery.

Tell us something we don’t know

I have recently returned to making after several years raising my 3 children.



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