Title: Behind every good woman.........
Medium: Mixed media
Size: 13" x 25" x 15.5"
Nicholas received her BA in Applied Art from Pomona College, Claremont, California and her MFA in Ceramics from Claremont Graduate School. Further studies include: Sculpture at Michigan State University, Advanced Japanese at Stanford University, History of Japanese Art with Professor Toru Mori of Osaka University, and Ceramics with Hiroaki Taimei Morino, Kyoto, Japan. She taught ceramics at the university level for thirty years, retiring in 1996.
In her work, Nicholas has recently moved from the abstract to a figurative format. For these pieces she uses a variety of materials, mainly wood and clay. The wood comes from a dying birch tree in her front yard. The wood has a great influence on the process, since she begins by studying the branches until she 'sees' an image. Once the image is determined, she works with the wood to create the appropriate gesture for the sculpture. Then she sculpts the clay elements to complete the figure. After firing and finishing the clay parts, there are many stages of joining the various elements, with the goal always being to achieve a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Nicholas enjoys the challenge of melding the soft clay and the hard wood into an expressive image.
Her selected exhibitions include: Animal Imagery, Baltimore Clay Works, Maryland, 1997; Members' Exhibition, The Meadville Council on the Arts, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1997 and '95; Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 87th Annual Exhibition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997; Honorable Objects, Chatham College Gallery, Pittsburgh, 1997; States of Mind, Solo Exhibition, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Minnesota, 1996; Virtual Ceramics Exhibition, The Internet, 1995; Claremont Graduate School Alumni, Kohn-Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, 1994; Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Faculty Exhibition, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, 1994; Women in Transition, Glassgrowers Gallery, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1994; 7th Annual Great Lakes National Competition, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1993; and One Dozen Glazed, Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1993.