Currently work is largely either figurative sculpture expressing emotion and human relationships through a study of body language; or slab forms influenced by architecture and the cityscape.
The figurative pieces range in height from 18cms to 90cms and are mostly wood fired to 1280c though some of the smaller works are fired using the raku process. All the slab work is wood fired.
Staithes Festival : Art Festival - Ailsa Nicholson ceramic art
September 09, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Sheffield Ceramics Festival : Sheffield Ceramics Festival
September 23, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Wood fired & Raku. Stoneware, sculpture, domestic & garden.
Work generally available from:
Mill Bridge Skipton
School & Community Residencies.
Workshops, demonstrations & lectures.
I hold workshops in my studio on Friday morning 9.30- 12.30, Saturday morning 10.30 -1.30, Saturday afternoon, 2.00 - 5.00. cost £62.50 for 5 three hour sessions. Contact me for further details.
Raku - propane fired, wood fired. Anagama - cone 12.
1992 - Master of Arts Art and Design, Sheffield Hallam University
1988 - Batchelor of Arts (Hons) Sculpture, Sheffield Hallam University
1982 - Certificate in Ceramics, Sheffield Hallam University
1968 - Certificate in Education, Bretton Hall University
1998 to 2010 - Landmarks, Creswell. Ceramics Tutor.
1997 to 1998 - W.E.A Sheffield. Lecturer in Art History.
1974 to 1997 - North Nottinghamshire College. Course Leader Access Art and Design, Lecturer Ceramics, Lecturer Critical Studies.
1971 to 1974 - Aston High School, Rotherham. Art Teacher.
1969 to 1971†- Rotheram High, Luton. Art Teacher.
Community and School Projects
All the following workshops resulted in permanent pieces being installed in schools or community centres, or in a public location:
Year Of The Artist Residency - Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire - Running Workshops For Schools And Visitors On The Theme Of The Castle.
Raku Workshops - Abbey Field Park, Monteney & Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield.
Panels And Imprints - Yeoman Park School, Mansfield Woodhouse
Sculpture Garden - Burton Street Project, Sheffield.
Tile Workshops - Northcliffe School.
Raku Workshops - Hinde House.
Raku Workshops - Abbeyfield Multi-Cultural Festival.
Summer Tile Workshops - Persistence Works.
Tile Workshops - Athersly Juniors, Barnsley.
Tile Workshops - Canklow Woods Primary School, Rotherham.
Tile Workshops - Sacred Heart Primary School, Sheffield.
Tile Workshops - Mansfield Museum & Gallery, Mansfield.
Working with school youth club, and senior citizens designing and making public works to celebrate Canklow.
2015 Alluvium. Group Show, Market Street Gallery, Rotherham, (November) 2015 Hands of Clay- solo Show ARTHOUSE Sheffield (November)
2015 Sheffield Ceramics Festival (September)
2015 Art In The Pens, Skipton (August)
2014/5 Dancing With Clay- solo show at CUPOLA Sheffield (November 2014 to January 2015)
TRANSFORMATIONS IN CLAY, November 2011, Sheffield Cathedral
OUT OF THE FIRE, October 2011, Thoresby Nottinghamshire
Wirksworth Festival September 2011
ART IN THE GARDENS, August 2011 Sheffield
ART IN CLAY, August 2011 Hatfield House,
EARTH AND FIRE, June 2011 Rufford, Nottinghamshire,
WITH A FRENCH CONNECTION, September 2010 Thoresby Gallery Nottinghamshire.
ART IN CLAY, August 10 Hatfield House.
ASH AND FLAME - July - August 2010, Musee de la Poterie, Sadirac, Bordeaux
CERAMICA November - December 2009 Stoke-on-Trent
PAINT, CLAY, WOOD September 2009 X-Church, Gainsborough
PAINT, CLAY, WOOD August 2009, Thoresby Park, Notts.
ART IN CLAY, August 2009 Hatfield House,
GREENHOUSE, Rufford Gallery, Rufford Country Park
2002 - Clay, Paint, Wood - S10 Gallery, Sheffield.
2002 - Time Out - Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire.
2002 - Wirksworth Festival - Wirksworth.
2001 - Northern Potters At The North Light Gallery - North Light Gallery Huddersfield.
2001 - Wirksworth Festival - Wirksworth.
2001 to Present - Art Outdoors - Lea Bank Nurseries, Loxley - An ongoing exhibition with changing exhibits.
2000 to 2001 - Northern Potters At The Harris - The Harris, Preston, Yorkshire.
2000 - 2001 - ArtSpace At Rotherham - Rotherham Art Gallery
2000 - Concerning The Spiritual, Sheffield Cathedral, Selby Abbey.
2000 - Eight At The Hewett - Hewett Arms, Worksop.
1999 - Northern Potters At Keighley - Cliffe Castle, Keighley.
1998 to 1999 - Space 1999 - Ruskin Gallcry, Sheffield.
1997 - Northern Potters At The Harris - Harris Museum, Preston.
1996 - Buildings And Contents - Bishops House, Sheffield.
1995 - A Meeting Of Visions - Pierepoint Gallery, Thoresby Park.
1995 - Fruit And Nuts - Boilerhouse, Maltby.
1995 - Northern Potters At Keighley - Cliffe Castle, Keighley.
1995 - Sheffield Contemporary Arts Trust At The Mappin. - Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.
1994 - Catalyst - Anglican Cathedral, Sheffield.
Tetrahedron - Atrium Gallery, Bourmouth University.
1992 - Renewal - Anglican Cathedral, Sheffield.
1992 - Map Out - Cartwright Hall, Bradford.
1992 - Trail Blazers - The Midland Railway Station, Sheffield.
1992 - In Memoriam - The General Cemetery, Sheffield.
1992 - Something For The Landing - Merlin Gallery, Sheffield.
1990 - Sheffield Contemporary Arts Trust Exchange - Crescent Art Gallery, Scarborough.
1990 - Sculpture Highlight - Holmfirth Art Gallery.
1989 to 1990 - Days In Ď89 - Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.
1992 - Dancer And The Rocks - Merlin Gallery, Sheffield.
1993 - Figure And Vessels - Arts Alive, Priory Gatehouse, Worksop.
2001 - Residency Exhibition - The Little Castle, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire.
Permanent Public Space Work
To See Heaven... - Cement Fondue, The General Cemetery, Sheffield.
Renewal - Stoneware, Terra-Cotta, & Raku Wall-Piece - The Clocktower, The Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.
Marriage Of The Sun And Moon - Ceramic Reinforced With Concrete - The General Cemetery - Financed by Sheffield City Council.
The Diver - Terra-Cotta Wall-Piece - The Hydra-therapy Unit, The Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.
The Evolving Spirit - Stoneware And Earthenware Wall-Piece - The Merlin Theatre, Sheffield.
5 pieces for the new Glass Houses, the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield