"Green Crystalline Ocean Plate"
10" x 2"
Nichole has made Yucca Valley her desert home for the past 20 years and has enjoyed creating pottery for just as long. She makes all her pottery on a wheel using porcelain clay and mixes her own crystalline glazes from raw materials. She has created several color recipes and is constantly testing and searching for more. In the pottery world, the “success rate” is much lower for this glaze than others, often resulting in poor color, no crystals, or breaking under the intense heat.
Due to the lengthy time required to master the glaze, the great care that must be taken in its mixing and firing, and the small success rate, Nichole is one of the few potters today who use this glaze.
Yucca Valley, California
"China Sea Scrolls"
I began taking ceramics 4 years ago from AnnahitaKing... I learned so much from her. I learned to work slab. I soon realized how much I enjoyed working with clay and how I could really make some cool stuff! My journey with clay keeps evolving into more interesting pieces. Yard art and other pieces I've made come from my creative imagination! I enjoy working with clay. There are so many different things you can design with clay, small and large. In my world there is no limitations with clay!
I LOVE TO CREATE INTERESTING ART! I love it when family & friends see something different in a piece I've done! It's great to hear them describe how it makes them feel!!
La Casa De Arte Studio
Joshua Tree, California
"Large Wood Pot"
We've always said, "The desert did it to us." We weren't potters before moving to this beautiful stretch of the Mojave in the Spring of 2000. We were making cool little fountains from cast cement. The molds were from sculptures that we created before just before leaving Georgia. It seemed we were always seeking out the right trays to hold them (and the water), but never finding.
The idea that we could throw our own tray designs on a potter's wheel, if only we had one, came just days before a water truck backed into our car. A few weeks later, the $1,700 check, intended to go towards pulling out the dent in the fender went, instead, towards a potter's wheel, kiln, clay, glaze and some tools!
Approach to Ceramics
For me, the delight in working with clay is being fluid enough to let the clay capture spontaneous gestures. I work just a bit faster than my logical brain can keep up with, so I remain in the magical moment of creativity.
I live in Joshua Tree, recently moving here from Carmel, Monterey, Calif. I was known as Ferrari of Carmel in my studio before. I do photography, graphics, ceramics, painting.
Joshua Tree, California
Ceramics have been a major part of my life. My Mom was a very active ceramic hobbyist who introduced me to the art at a very early age. I got serious about pottery at 19, while working for the Army. I managed to meet a master potter by the name of John Endicott and studied with him for almost two years. Lived in Hawaii most of my adult life, while most of the time I was able to get pottery jobs making ceramics for the tourist.
Fast forward to today, living in the desert is just as beautiful and full of inspiration as the tropics. After setting up my studio here, I had the opportunity to learn the art of raku. Horsehair raku and naked raku has become my passion. Theprocess is different from the norm, making it a challenge and a one of a kind piece every time. Tiles have always been a favorite of mine, especially three-dimensional ones. The tiles are then attached to finds from my walks in the desert. Creating a piece of art bringing old and new together. I hope that you enjoy my pieces as much as I enjoy creating them.
Burnt Toast: Carbon Melody
Papier mache, paint, hand-knit cassette tape
15” x 13” x 4”
After graduating from Bennington College, Vermont, where she majored in sculpture, Coco Hall founded a cottage industry, which produced stuffed toys and winged baseball caps. The popular vegetables and fruits called Vegimals, have developed a cult following and her Peas in a Pod toy was featured in the 2010 movie Toy Story 3. Both Coco’s toy designing and her 20 years as an environmental and animal rights activist inform her current work in many ways, including humor and materials used such as fabric, papier mâché, and ceramic.
Today, she maintains an art studio in Joshua Tree, CA. Coco shows at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery, the EN EM Art Space in Sacramento, Ranch + Camp in 29 Palms, and has been in a variety of group shows around the US.
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