Two Squirrels// The Olive Tree Market// August 6th.
Ceramicist Nicki Bates says she began making ceramics after her first child Finlay turned two, as she needed something creative to do that would also enable her to have ‘me time’.
Nicki initially only made pieces for friends and family until she was asked by the Newcastle Art Gallery if she was interested in selling her platters through the gallery shop.
After having a second child Felix, Nicki wanted to get back into clay work which she found therapeutic and rewarding, and began attending classes and at the Newcastle Studio Potters.
Nicki says she met a community of talented men and women at the studio and learnt many new skills and techniques during this period. She also decided to change her business name to ‘Two Squirrels’ inspired by her own mother who calls her children Squirrels.
Nicki’s creative processes include working with a mixture of slab work and hand building but she predominately works with the wheel. She loves creating patterns and rarely plans out what she makes. Nicki says “I like to see what happens on the wheel when I throw. I like applying simple colours like black and matt white on a gritty earthy clay and cobalt blue and black on clean white clay. I am still learning and I am not sure where this little creative venture will take me but in the mean time I am enjoying creating pieces and giving them to new homes.”
All of Two squirrels work is stoneware and all glazes are food safe. Meet the maker for the first time at The Olive Tree Market this Saturday August 6th.