A few things to note:

B.F.A.  University of Washington, BFA Ceramics,
B.A.  Interdisciplinary Visual Art, 2004
M.F.A.   Ohio University, 2009

Where is your studio?  Tacoma WA, at the Charles Wright Academy where I teach

What is your first memory of making art? What is your first memory of making something ceramic?  Both of these questions have very similar answers. The first time I was introduced to the idea of making something for art’s sake, was with clay at the dining room table with my mom after dinner one evening. I was introduced to clay very early, and then really fell in love with working on the wheel during high school.

Nick helping a student

Nick helping a student

What are your hobbies?  Sports. My first identity was as an athlete, and that still exists strongly within me. I play a lot of golf and coach the golf team at school. Snowboading, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, and hiking are all in the rotation depending on the season. My athletic identity has led me to pursue the question of “what makes an athletic pot?”. Generally, my answer is a piece than has been reduced to its essential elements, with nothing extraneous.

Malavich's Locomotive Teapot

Malavich's Locomotive Teapot

 

Name a pivotal artwork for you?   Kasmir Malavich’s Locomotive Teapot. For being a historical slip cast piece, it showed me the freedom of what can be accomplished with casting.

Lastly, whose mug do you drink out of the most?
One I made, it’s a one and a half (not quite a second), meaning it has a miniscule glaze defect and is not good enough to go to the gallery, but still works great.


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