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 two 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. In collaboration with other fund raisers, who made soup for the event, we collected over £1700. ‘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.

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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