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NICHOLS, JEFFREY
NICHOLS, JEFFREY
KENTUCKY
The relationship between form and surface is an important impetus for the creation of my new vessel series. The starting point may be an historical reference or simply an improvisational approach to the wheel. The concept of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic where elegance and refinement is achieved by bringing out the natural characteristics inherent to materials, has been a major influence on the development of my work. Beginning with a simple wheel thrown form, I work the earthenware clay with a variety of surface-making tools to stretch and expose the plastic properties of the material. The process of throwing on the wheel allows me to create quickly the sensual shapes that will eventually be coated with brightly colored engobes. I alter the wheel thrown clay and add constructed elements to help produce the desired form, forms influenced by both 17th century Chinese export porcelain and European palace wares. It is the form that dictates the colors I choose for each piece. Rather than use reflective glazes that tend to diminish line and shape, I have spent considerable time developing colorful matte surfaces that enhance each form.

As an artist, I try to push beyond traditional surface decorating and glazing techniques, while still paying homage to classical forms. It is the visual interaction between the simple wheel thrown vessel and the color-laden surface that creates unity within the piece. I aspire to incorporate beauty, simplicity, and harmony within my art, while still expanding ceramic traditions, techniques, and perceptions. In this way, a greater sense of existence is evoked for each new object I create.

OBJECTIVE
To continue to grow and learn as both an artist and a teacher.

EDUCATION

1994
MFA
Art & Design (sculpture: ceramics/glass/wood)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1990
BFA
Crafts (ceramics/glass)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1987
AA
Studio Arts (sculpture/3-D)
Parkland Community College

TEACHING SUBJECT AREAS

Foundations:
Drawing (still-life/figure), Design (2-D/3-D), and Watercolor
Crafts:
Ceramics (throwing/handbuilding/glazing), Glass (blowing/casting/kiln casting/cold working), and Wood (lathe/carving)
Sculpture:
Metal (welding/casting) and Mixed Media (mold making/figure/lost wax casting)

RELATED SKILLS

Kiln Building:
Experiences include building high fire, salt, and raku kilns
Welding:
Experiences include repairing kilns, wheels, and other studio equipment as needed
Glaze Formulation:
Experience developing glaze colors through research and experimentation

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2008
Form, Surface and Content (working title), Potters Council workshop with Eva Kwong, Lana Wilson, and Debra Fritts, AMACO, Indianapolis, IN, September 19-21

National and Regional Workshop Series, sponsored by AMACO Clay
Spring 2007
Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Art Appreciation sections at Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
2006-present
Studio Artist, Tin Drum Studio, Morehead, KY

Fall 2005
Visiting Artist, Ceramic Program at Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

2003-2005
Art Instructor at Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL

1994-2004
Studio Coordinator, Ceramic Instructor, and Head of Ceramics Program for Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

Spring 2002
Studio Workshop Coordinator for ceramic/sculpture workshop with visiting artist Don Pilcher at Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

2000-2005
Advisory Committee Member of the Springer Art Exhibition Series for the Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

1994-1995
Substitute Instructor for drawing classes at the University of Illinois School of Art and Design, Champaign, IL

Summer 1994
Studio Assistant for contemporary glass artist José Chardiet, Champaign, IL

Spring 1994
Graduate TA for two sections of Drawing I at the University of Illinois School of Art and Design, Champaign, IL

Fall 1993
Graduate TA of Drawing I and Watercolor I at the University of Illinois School of Art and Design, Champaign, IL

1991-1993
Graduate Studio Assistant for contemporary glass artist José Chardiet, Champaign, IL

Graduate TA for contemporary glass artist José Chardiet's glass (blowing/casting/kiln casting/cold working) and drawing (still-life/figure) classes at the University of Illinois School of Art and Design, Champaign, IL

1990-1991
Ceramic Instructor for the Urbana Park District at the Thornburn Center, Urbana, IL

1989
Assistant Ceramic Technician for at the University of Illinois School of Art and Design, Champaign, IL

1988-1989
Glass Lab Studio Assistant for at the University of Illinois School of Art and Design, Champaign, IL

EXHIBITIONS
2008
Form, Surface and Content (working title), with Eva Kwong, Lana Wilson, and Debra Fritts, AMACO/Brent Contemporary Clay Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, September

Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA, online only exhibition opening March 21
2007
AP Non-Toxic, AMACO/Brent Contemporary Clay Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, November 29-December 31

Holiday Exhibition and Sale, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN: November 18-December 31

ACC-SE Spotlight 2007, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN: August 17-September 22

Carbondale Clay National III, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO: August 1-August 31

Biennial Exhibition of North American (Functional) Clay, The Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT: May 4- June 17

Feats of Clay XX, Lincoln Arts/Mcbean Factory, Lincoln, CA: May 2-27

The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Republic of Korea: April 28-June 24

Yunomi Cup Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA: February 23-March 16

2006
Handmade for the Holidays, Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, Portland, OR: November 18-January 7

2005
Clay Cup X National Competition and Exhibition, University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL: March 28 - May 3

Between Form and Surface - A Study in Clay, solo exhibition, Erlanson Gallery, Richland Community College, Decatur, IL: March 14-April 14

2004
Parkland Art Faculty Exhibition, Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL: August 23- September 24

Fifteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX: April 15-June 20

2003
Points of View, two person exhibition with artist Gerry Guthrie, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL: September 6-October 5

Parkland Art Faculty Exhibition, Parkland College, Champaign, IL: August 25-September 26

Here and Now: Art from Greater C-U, sculptural ceramic vessels, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL: May 31-August 3

Gallery Introduction of New Work, sculptural ceramic vessels, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA: April

2002
Gallery Introduction of New Work, sculptural ceramic vessels, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA: December

Holiday Show, sculptural ceramic vessels, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon: November 15 - December 31

Gallery Introduction, sculptural ceramic vessels, Illinois Artisans Shop, Chicago, IL: August

2001
Gallery Introduction, sculptural ceramic vessels, The Cinema Art Gallery, Urbana, IL: November

Fall Preview, sculptural ceramic vessels, Bob Crutcher Gallery, Palm Desert, CA: October

Gallery Introduction, sculptural ceramic vessels, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA: September

Holiday Show, sculptural ceramic vessels, Gallery Eight, LaJolla, CA: February

Gallery Introduction, sculptural ceramic vessels, Trésor Gallery, West Hartford, CT: February

International Infusion III, sculptural ceramic teapots, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI: January 20-February 24

2000
Handmade for the Holidays, sculptural ceramic vessels, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR: November 19-December 31

Gallery Introduction, sculptural ceramic vessels, Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA: November

Fall Preview, sculptural ceramic vessels, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI: September

1996
Brushes, solo exhibition, wood and mixed media sculpture, I-Space, Chicago, IL: April 26-May 18

Gallery Introduction, wood and mixed media sculpture, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA: December 16-January 14

1995
To See or Not to See, wood and mixed media sculptures, Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO: March 17-April 25

Craft America '95, wood and mixed media sculptures, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT: March 18-April 23

1994
Currents '94, wood and mixed media sculptures, Lill Street Gallery and SOFA Chicago 1994, Chicago, IL: October 8-October 23

St. Louis Art Fair, wood and mixed media sculptures, St. Louis, MO: September

M.F.A. Exhibition, wood and mixed media sculptures, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, IL: March-April

PUBLICATIONS

500 Plates, Platters, and Chargers. Asheville, NC: Larkbooks, 2008 (forthcoming).

McClelland, David. “Review: Fourth World Ceramic Biennale.” Ceramics Monthly 55.8 (October 2007): 18-21.

Ortega, Trina. “National clay, ‘road’ photos mark 1st Fridays.” Carbondale Valley Journal, August 2007.


Ortega, Trina. “Clay, 'Rust' highlight First Fridays.” Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 3 August 2007.

Feats of Clay XX, exhibition catalog (2007)

The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 Korea International Competition, exhibition catalog (2007)

The 15th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, exhibition catalog (2004)

“Emerging Artists 2003.” Ceramics Monthly 51.5 (May 2003): 70-77.


Zusel, Yvonne. “A Day with Clay.” Buzz, The Daily Illini Entertainment Magazine 29 August 2002, 8.


“Portfolio” American Craft Magazine 61.4 (Aug/Sept 2001):86-89.

REPRESENTATION
The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta GA
AKAR, Iowa City IA
Terra Incognito Gallery, Chicago IL
The Cinema Gallery, Urbana IL
Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne IN
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN
iota, Dallas TX

ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
2004-present
NCECA
American Craft Council

COLLECTIONS
World Ceramic Exposition Foundation (WOCEF), Icheon, Korea
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Speizer Collection, Chicago, IL

AWARDS
2007
North American Biennial Juror's Award at Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT.

Honorable Mention, The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Republic of Korea

Purchase Award, Feats of Clay XX, Lincoln, CA
1995
Juror's Award, selected by Kate Carmel, senior curator American Craft Museum, New York, for Craft America '95 at Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

1994-1995
Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship Recipient, one year fellowships, awarded to individuals of high moral character who posses unusual artistic talent, awarded by the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois

1994
Juror's Award given by Mark Lyman, director of SOFA Chicago and New York, at the St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO

Recipient Second Place Emerging Artist at Currents '94, SOFA Chicago and Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994
Included on the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois

1990
Named Outstanding Senior in Crafts, the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois

1989-1990
Recipient of the Lydia E. Parker Bates Scholarship, awarded to students in the top 10 percent of their class, awarded by the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois

1990
Graduated with University Honors, B.F.A. in Crafts, University of Illinois