Lynn Nicholls

I make hand thrown functional pots decorated with both abstract and representational designs. Whilst functionality is important to me, I particularly enjoy exploring surface decoration, texture and pattern by using various tools and multi-layering glazes. While I often work in a series most of the pieces are one of a kind.

Having previously been a set designer for the B.B.C. where precision was important, my approach to working with clay is more spontaneous and intuitive.

I’ve been involved in a range of community-based projects and for the past three years I have worked with the Omega St potters and St Simon’s church in Southsea leading the ‘Empty Bowls’ project. Collectively we made and donated over 150 handmade bowls.‘Empty Bowls’ brought people from the city in a communal environment to share a simple meal together, raise funds and awareness of the homeless and hungry in our city.

2019 Exhibitions and sales outlets
Portsmouth Potters exhibition the Zodiac Gallery Portsmouth Guildhall March 19
Art Space Open Studios June 19
Created in Portsmouth Art Trail in October 19
Southern Ceramics Group, Winchester Discovery Centre in Winchester in November 19-January 20
Art Space Open Studios December 19
Crafts in the Tower March-December 19
Created in Portsmouth Art Trail Oct 19
Blossom Boutique Southsea Oct to present

2020 Exhibitions and sales outlets
Coastal Remedy Independent shop, Southsea July to present
Southern Ceramics Group online summer exhibition 1 Aug-16 Aug 2020
We Create Market, Southsea 12-13 September, 10-11 October, 7-8 November, 12-13 December
Blossom Boutique Florist, Southsea January to present
Oxmarket  Gallery shop Chichester September to December
Aspex Gallery shop Gunwharf, August to present
ShhhhhOUT Open exhibition Yellow Edge Gallery, Gosport 23 September -1 November
Back and Fill, Round Tower Hotwalls exhibition 30 October -1 November
Chalk's Gallery 10 November - 16 January
Jack House Gallery Old Portsmouth Twenty 2020 Ceramics exhibition 5 - 19 December

2021 Exhibitions and sales outlets
Coastal Remedy Independent shop, Southsea current
Southern Ceramics Group summer exhibition Bishops Kitchen Chichester 29 July-15 Aug 2021
Blossom Boutique Florist, Southsea current
Aspex Gallery shop Gunwharf, August current
White Dog Gallery Southsea Portsmouth current
Creative Market Hotwalls exhibition 29 - 30 May 2021
Art Space Open Studios 3-4 July
Love Southsea Market 19 June, July 2021
Hotwalls Christmas Market 4-5 December 2021

Originally trained in 3D exhibition design at Portsmouth College of Art & Design, I gained an MA in Related Arts at University of Chichester and a Cert Ed from the University of Portsmouth. I work p-t as the Director for the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance recruiting graduates for teacher training.

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