Nicola Tassie originally studied painting at Central School of Art and Design (1980 – 83) then specialised in ceramics at Islington Institute (1985 – 88).
As a ceramicist Nicola Tassie’s work focuses on the conceptual and material possibilities of domestic forms. She follows the studio pottery tradition to produce small batch editions of domestic ware – wide bottomed jugs, bowls, faceted mugs, bottles, – using a wide variety of clay bodies, surface marks and ash glazes to explore surface, texture and form. The domestic wares also form the basis of more conceptual works, which display functional, functionally ambiguous, and overtly sculptural works together in larger scale installations and ‘still life’ sets.
I switch between working in earthenware and stoneware and enjoy the variety of clays. I play with the texture of the surface using the simple lines either incised into the soft clay body or scored through the glaze or sgraffitoed through grey slip.
Nicola is a founder member of Standpoint Studios, London. Her work is shown at Contemporary Ceramics, London, The New Craftsman, London, Wills Lane Gallery in St. Ives and Calvin Klein, New York. She also has an ongoing collaboration with the designer Margaret Howell, showing in London, Tokyo and Paris.
Recent exhibitions include:
‘Line Up’ – Flow Gallery, London, 2015
‘Craft’ – solo exhibition, Standpoint Gallery, London, 2014
‘Mud and Water’ – Rokeby Gallery, London, 2014
‘Material Status’ – Fugure Perfect, New York, 2014
‘Grand Magasin’ French Riviera, London, 2013
‘Bryan Ingahm & Nicola Tassie’ Cross Street Gallery, London, 2013
Most recently two of her large ceramic installation pieces were shown at COLLECT 2015 – the Crafts Council’s international art fair for contemporary objects. Web – a 17 piece porcelain installation and Strike – a 5 piece wall mounted set were both exhibited and sold at the fair.
QG Exhibitions featuring Nicola Tassie:
ORCHESTRATED MARKS 6 June – 4 July 2015