about

Nicci has been involved with ceramics for over 25 years exhibiting and teaching in NSW and Qld. In 2017 she quit her arts management job and moved to Qld to become a full -time potter, a decision she has not regretted.

I love to throw on the wheel; it is that quiet timeless space that coalesces 20 years of practice and spontaneous creativity into one action. Then comes the science and an age old process: firing the clay; mixing ingredients like an apothecary; dipping, lapping and overlapping glazes and loading the kiln, hoping the kiln gods smile on you. I feel privileged to be able to work in the field of ceramics, creating forms that offer a haptic intimate experience that only handmade crafts can give.

This sweet little video is by one of my former students, Chris Austin, who produced this for a uni project she was doing in 2020.

Qualifications and Work

  • 2020-2022 –  Programs and Administration for Ceramics Arts Queensland
  • 2019 – 2020, 2022 ceramics teacher, Gold Coast Potters Association
  • 2018 – Full time potter and teacher
  • 2007-2017 Projects and Office Manager, Arts North West
  • 2017 Bachelor Degree Arts in Art History/Communication, Charles Sturt University (with distinction)
  • 2007-2008 Advanced Diploma of Ceramics
  • Certificates in Studio Ceramics, Photography and fine arts
  • Certificate 4 Business Administration, TAFE
  • 2013-2018 Performing Arts Touring Coordinator, Arts North West
  • 2006-2012 Ceramics Teacher, NSW TAFE

Selected Exhibitions 2007 – 2022

  • 2022 Selected artist in gallery space, Brisbane Home Show (Autumn), South Bank, Brisbane
  • 2021 Finalist in Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence, exhibition at Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy
  • 2020 Iso Tea Time of the Soul Solo Exhibition Under the Greenwood Tree Books and Art, Tamborine Mt
  • 2019 Gold Coast Potters annual member exhibition, Gold Coast
  • 2019 Participant and Co-curator XX Factor Exhibition, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Qld
  • Eclectica Group Exhibition, BFAC Members, Butter Factory Arts Centre
  • Untethered Group Exhibition, Arts Connect, Butter Factory Arts Centre
  • Domestic Bliss II Solo Exhibition, Glen Innes Art Gallery
  • Inclusion II Solo Exhibition, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
  • Inclusion Artists’ Collective Studio, Tenterfield
  • Sense of Play Solo Exhibition, NERAM, Armidale
  • Playing with Clay Solo Exhibition, Tamworth Regional Gallery
  • Domestic Bliss Solo Exhibition, Armidale Art Gallery
  • Part of the Picture Solo Exhibition toured to: Armidale Art Gallery, Armidale, NSW; Gunnedah Civic Centre; Playhouse Hotel Gallery, Barraba; Muse Gallery, Sydney

Accomplishments

  • 2019 Initiated and co-curated XX Factor Exhibition for International Women’s Day
  • 2018 Noosa Open Studios and Australian Ceramics Association Open Studio events
  • 2017 Table Talk pottery workshops with refugees and new migrants, Armidale and Tamworth for Arts North West
  • 2017 Scholar in Residence, Islamic Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2017 Judge of photography, pottery and 3D works, Inverell Acquisitive Exhibition
  • 2016 Guest Curator (with Caroline Downer) of art works @ ARTLANDS Dubbo, Regional Arts Australia National Conference (October 2016)
  • 2013, 2015, 2017 Judge, artist & demonstrator, Frost Over Barraba Festival
  • 2013 Artist in Residence, Decatur Illonois, USA
  • 2007  Judge of sculpture, pottery and mosaics for Inverell Acquisitive Exhibition
  • 2007-8 Costume designer Glen Innes Arts Council productions of Chicago and The Full Monty
  • Participating Artist in Hidden Spaces Exhibition, Glen Innes
  • Participating Artist Moving Art Exhibition, touring regional NSW
  • Sell out exhibition My Place, My Time, My Self, NERAM, Armidale

Volunteering

  • 2019 – 2020 Publicity Officer and Workshop Coordinator Gold Coast Potters
  • 2018 Volunteer, Cooroy Butter Factory Art Centre
  • 2018 Member of Butter Factory Art Centre Management Committee
  • 2011-2017 President/Theatre Coordinator, Glen Innes Arts Council
  • 1996-2014 Workshop Coordinator and Publicity Officer , Glen Innes Pottery Club
  • Chair and Founder, Refugees Welcome Group Glen Innes

Awards and Exhibitions

  • 2020 Finalist in the 2020 Klytie Pate Ceramic Award
  • 2017, 2015 First prize pottery: thrown work, Frost Over Barraba Festival
  • 2016 Grand Champion Exhibit Pottery Section, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2015 Reserve Champion Black and White Photography, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2013  First Prize Photography Colour Enlargement, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2013   First Prize Photography, Ashford Lands Council Art Show
  • 2012  Winner Thrown Pottery Frost Over Barraba Festival
  • 2011 Winner Sculptural Teapot, New England Teapot Show, Glen Innes, NSW
  • 2010   Champion Colour Print, Photography Section, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2009   Glen Innes Examiner TAFE Communication Award
  • 2009   First Prize Mixed Media, Fine Art Section, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2006   First Prize in Sculpture, Inverell Art Society Annual Exhibition
  • 2006   Highly Commended “Midwinta” Acquisitive Exhibition Glen Innes Art Gallery
  • 2005   First Prizes in Sculpture and Pottery, Inverell Art Society Annual Exhibition
  • 2005   First Prize, throwing and Best Large Work, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2005   Winner of Acquisitive Prize, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2004   First Prize Pottery, Glen Innes Annual Show
  • 2003   Champion, Fine Art Section, Glen Innes Annual Show

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