Nicola Coady's passion for texture with clay has taken her on a journey spanning 30 years. Inspired by the honeycombed weathered rocks around Sydney foreshores, shedding bark from the eucalyptus and turpentine trees, and wonderful local flora and colours, have all contributed to her creations. Working with stoneware or porcelain, she utilises throwing, coiling and slab work to create her forms. She fires her work in either an electric, gas and sometimes wood fired kiln, depending on her desired aesthetics. Nicola's insignia, means 'ever evolving, ever changing', symbolic of her continuing journey with clay.
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
I have always been interested in art but it wasn't until my now deceased Mother in Law - who was teaching pottery in Killara - suggested I join the classes that I got my hand into clay! Then I completed the Diploma of Ceramics through Brookvale TAFE in the 1980's, taught pottery for 27 years and still my passion for clay continues.
Describe the last thing you made?
It was a corporate order for several of my "Jugs with Attitude" with a native floral motif. Slab formed, thrown spout, pulled handle, assembled and then carefully decorated.
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
Definitely the exploration of textured slabs either for platters, teapots or jugs. I do very much enjoy just throwing bowls of varying sizes as well.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
Steve Harrison, Ian Jones, Helen Earl
What's next on the horizon for you?
Participation in an Exhibition at Clay Gulgong in April and "Foot prints of the past" Exhibition at Ferry Artists Gallery at the "Colonial Weekend" at Wisemans Ferry in May.