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Nick Joerling

Nick Joerling

Nick Joerling makes pots as much from a drawing sensibility as a pottery one. Daydreaming with a pencil. Not drawing as rendering but simply doodling, then working hard to get that drawing to function. His form reference is most anthropomorphic. His cues come from dance, people seated on a park bench, the cleavage that forms on the inside of a bent elbow - Nick has a unique thrown and altered style that looks as if the works were ready to stroll away.

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Nick Joerling at MudFire

Gallery group show American Masters Biennial, June 2010

 

Nick Joerling Artist Bio

Nick Joerling is a full-time studio potter who has maintained a studio in Penland, North Carolina since the mid-1980's. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Louisiana State University in 1986. He has taught in craft programs in the United States and abroad, been widely reviewed and exhibited, and is represented in public and private collections.

 

Nick Joerling Artist Statement

I make pots as much from a drawing sensibility as a pottery one. Daydreaming with a pencil. Not drawing as rendering but simply doodling, then working hard to get that drawing to function. Profile is therefore a strong attraction, a strong dictate, as are the smaller spaces within spaces. And of course that sense of animation. My pot reference is most often you and I, our bodies. It's where my cues come from: dance, people seated on a park bench, the cleavage that forms on the inside of a bent elbow. But I want to stay in the pot's world--- if the reference is too literal the pots seem deflated. In my studio what I hope for are pots that have qualities of sensuality, compassion, humor, and risk.