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Studio Visit with Ceramicist Nicolette Johnson

Studio Visit with Ceramicist Nicolette Johnson

 

Join us as voyeurs on our latest studio visit with another talented woman!

We visited the light-filled home studio of Brisbane-based ceramic artist Nicolette Johnson. Nicolette took us through the process of creating one of her iconic (and much sought-after) symbol vases – of course while adorned in our favourite Bianca Mavrick Jewellery statement earrings. We were intrigued by so many interested collected objects, artefacts and of course Nicolette’s ceramics in various states of completion.  Read on below, we sat down to chat about Nicolette’s creative process, influences and exciting future happenings.

Photography by Savannah van der Niet.

Tell me a bit about what sources of visual inspiration you look to when thinking about creating new work?

I often look at what potters have made before me. I get a lot of inspiration from ancient Greek, Chinese, and Egyptian forms and textures as I really appreciate the marriage of the functional and the decorative.

Could you tell us about your philosophy that underpins your ceramics practice?

The reason I began learning ceramics was to relieve my anxiety as I was finding being a freelance photographer incredibly stressful. I have since figured out that I am just an anxious person and that I will experience stress no matter what I do, but having passion for your process, having respect for your tools and materials, and realising that doing the best you can is good enough, really helps to remind me how privileged I am to be able to do what I do.

 
Nicolette wears the    Roy Earrings    in Peach

Nicolette wears the Roy Earrings in Peach

A collection of vessels by Nicolette sitting on the shelves in her studio.

A collection of vessels by Nicolette sitting on the shelves in her studio.

How does the design process work for you. Do you sketch and implement or is there a degree of free form play?

Definitely both, but more recently I will just throw a variety of forms on the wheel and figure out the design in terms of final shape and glaze as I go along. Sometimes I’ll have a burst of ideas that I must get down on paper, but most of the time it’s a little more organic than that.

Shelves full of vessels in Nicolette’s home studio

Shelves full of vessels in Nicolette’s home studio

“I get a lot of inspiration from ancient Greek, Chinese, and Egyptian forms and textures as I really appreciate the marriage of the functional and the decorative.”
The  Faro Earrings in Army  amongst the vessels.

The Faro Earrings in Army amongst the vessels.

Our    Efira Earrings    along Nicolette’s vessels.

Our Efira Earrings along Nicolette’s vessels.

Is there any projects on future horizons you are really excited about?

Absolutely! I am showing some work in November’s Design Files Open House in Melbourne which I am thrilled about. Next year has some exciting shows lined up as well, including a group exhibition at Saint Cloche in April as well as my first solo show at Paper Boat Press in October!

Nicolette working on one of her symbol vases, wearing the    Pendulum Earrings.

Nicolette working on one of her symbol vases, wearing the Pendulum Earrings.

Handles for Nicolette’s symbol vases drying.

Handles for Nicolette’s symbol vases drying.

Nicolette taking us through the process of creating her iconic symbol vases. Here she wears the  Pendulum Earrings in Navy .

Nicolette taking us through the process of creating her iconic symbol vases. Here she wears the Pendulum Earrings in Navy.

What are some of your favourite spots in Brisbane ?

There are a few op-shops around town that I love to stop by every so often, and Tom and I love to go to the Enoggera Reservoir on hot days as well as stroll around the Mt. Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Our regular cafe has to be Corner Store in Toowong.

 
 
The  Miles Earrings in Tan  blending into an incredible early piece by Nicolette. We love those serpent handles.

The Miles Earrings in Tan blending into an incredible early piece by Nicolette. We love those serpent handles.

Nicolette by her wheel wearing the  Miles Earrings in Tan  and her most recent vintage find.

Nicolette by her wheel wearing the Miles Earrings in Tan and her most recent vintage find.

Thank-you Nicolette for opening up your home studio to us!

Thank-you Nicolette for opening up your home studio to us!

Nicolette’s Favourites

The Pendulum Earrings in Navy  - The Pendulum Earrings are full of beguiling movement! True to their name, floating agate balls sway from magnetic motifs. Navy and tan colour blocking brings colour to your style in an easy way.

The Pendulum Earrings in Navy - The Pendulum Earrings are full of beguiling movement! True to their name, floating agate balls sway from magnetic motifs. Navy and tan colour blocking brings colour to your style in an easy way.


The Roy Earrings in Peach  - The Roy Earrings combine mystic hourglass curves with lucky magnet charms, an ode to powerful women. Peachy tones come together through a colour palette of peach and bleached-out tortoiseshell.

The Roy Earrings in Peach - The Roy Earrings combine mystic hourglass curves with lucky magnet charms, an ode to powerful women. Peachy tones come together through a colour palette of peach and bleached-out tortoiseshell.

 
 

See more of Nicolette’s work online here and via her instagram @swsco

 
 
 
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