Nicola Coady. NSW

In a career stretchi​ng 30 years, Nicky has travelled a journey of inspiration and transformation, a personal and professional exploration that has stamped its footprint across a lifetime of work. 

As a well established professional now, she can still recall vividly her first encounters with clay in the early l970's while raising her two children. Away from the confines of an office, she took the opportunity to explore her creativity and artistic interests and by chance, the medium she chose was clay.

Nicky's decision to pursue ceramics professionally was cemented when she was awarded the Ceramic Prize in the l976 Lane Cove Art Show by LLoyd Rees. "I had been working on large hand built multi spouted forms and having such a well respected Artist award me the prize and describe my work as  "innovative" provided the impetus to launch my professional career".

During the 1980's she immersed herself in developing her sense of concept and expression, attending many workshops.   The most influential was prominent New Zealand potter, Len Castle, who shared her affinity for texture. Working with some of Castle's concepts, she consolidated her technical skills and found a sensibility to organic structures. Emerging from this process are Nicky's ritual vessels - large, earthy, handcoiled forms that are deeply textured on the exterior, reminiscent of weathered sandstone.    

In the l990's, having firmly established herself as a professional Ceramic Artist, Nicky extended to new ideas and concepts and produced her "Ned Kelly" teasets, replicating the tactile metallic attributes of corrugated iron through use of surface textural treatment and a black pewter glaze she developed.

In 2002, she began producing "Jugs with Attitude", as a series of jugs with various textures and glazes, each jug taking on its own personality and attitude. In this latest series, she is emerging from the work which is playful and fun, increasingly relaxed and self assured. 

On graduating from TAFE in l986, Nicky was invited to teach at Ku ring gai Community Arts Centre, Roseville which she continued to do for 27 years.   She felt strongly that this was part of her contribution to the ceramic world, to not only express herself through her own work but to share her talent and enthusiasm with many students, building their confidence and enjoyment with clay.

Nicky’s work has been exhibited throughout Australia – including the Freemantle Arts Centre, Cowra Regional Art Galley, The Gallery on Lurline, Katoomba, Gannon House and Gleneaon Craft Expos, Sydney,   Lovedale Limited Edition Expos,  Deloraine Craft Fair, Tasmania   , Warrandyte Pottery Expo, Victoria and currently at Ferry Artists' Gallery, Wiseman's Ferry and the Ogishi Craft Centre, Hunter Valley.

Her professional retrospective, "The Ripples of Time celebrating 20 years" was held at Bancroft Gallery, and opened by John Doyle.  In 2015 she won the "300 grams." Competition/Exhibition and a section of the Sydney Teapot Show.

This year (2016) has seen Nicky celebrating "30 Years on - Celebration" Exhibition with graduates from Brookvale TAFE in 1986 and in March she exhibited at the Artists Studios Co-operative in North Gosford with Textile Artist Alan Tremain entitled "Reflections of Japan" for which she developed her current "Boro" series, several pieces of which are on display and for sale on this website. 

Nicola Coady. NSW

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