Nickolai's new work takes ceramics to the edge of craft, where sculpture and function merge. His high fired stoneware bowls and vessel forms become more geological and carry with them a deep reflection of the terrain of the Hebrides. Incorporating glass and raw minerals into his work they literally embody the landscape.
Nickolai was born into clay - his mother the renowned Danish Ceramic Artist Lotte Glob is known for her abstract expressionist work incorporating raw rocks and minerals. Brought up in the family pottery in the Far North West of Scotland. In 1986 he left home with clay under his fingernails, to work with the COBRA Group ceramic artist Erik Nyholm in Denmark. There he worked with Erik on large scale architectural ceramics and sculpture. Following Denmark, Nickolai studied traditional woodfired production under Tim Holloway who was heavily influenced by Michael Cardew. Here he gained discipline in producing traditional, functional, woodfired, stoneware pottery whilst studying ceramics at Southampton University. In 1989 Nickolai moved to Australia where he set up his own studio and produced sculptural ceramics from brick clay and exhibited widely. During this time he worked closely with Thanakupi - Aboriginal Elder and international ceramic artist.
I live in a profoundly beautiful part of the world, and make a living producing my own uncompromised work, and have two lovely children!