Clare Nicholls is a natural story teller; her ceramic works are heavily based within an internal narrative that draws upon themes of nature, the grotesque, entomology and fariy tales. It was whilst studying for her MA in Ceramics at Cardiff University that these themes became central to her diverse and unconventional approach to ceramics. Clare refuses to let herself or her imagination become pigeon holed into one area and will breeze from complex sculptural pieces to delicate painted simple platters with ease. Decoration is always central to her work and the illustrative nature of her work is a delight, from the bold zaney patterns in her seasonal snowman series to the almost botanical observational style of the new series of bird plates.

 

In Clare Nicholls work we have always become to expect the unexpected and herin lies the strength of her practice, it is always unique and quirky, highly desirable and a contemporary treasure to behold.