Obsessing Over Nicolette Johnson’s New Ceramic Artworks

From the bumps and turns of this year, a new way of thinking has emerged for Nicolette Johnson.

‘2020 had a special way of turning my practice upside down and shaking it until something good came out,’ the ceramicist explains. ‘I think my current work is unrecognisable from the works I was making a few years ago, and even from the works I was making earlier in the year!’

Between the incredibly intricate Assemblage vases Nicolette created in the first lockdown (which are shortlisted in the TDF + Laminex Design Awards, you can see more here) and the 20 pieces she has built for her new show High Spirits at Sophie Gannon Gallery, the young artist’s prolific output year represents two very distinct sides to her medium.

While creating the fiddly, detailed figures that embellish her large ‘Assemblage’ vases, many of these small decorative elements cracked

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