Carol McNicoll

My work is made for the most part in slip-cast clay. Slip casting is an industrial process, used to make most mass produced table and giftware. I use the process partly because of its mimetic capacity, but mainly because the work both operates within and comments on the ceramic tradition as expressed within the domestic context. All my work is functional, I love the fact that an object changes when it is used, put flowers in a vase about war and it says something completely different.
My recent work explores the relationship between two and three dimensional figurative imagery, using both my own and open stock decals to decorate objects constructed from casts of found objects and figures I have modelled myself. I use my work to rant I hope in an entertaining way about the issues that both annoy and amuse me.

Born 1943 Birmingham, England

1967-1970 Dip. A.D. Fine Art 1st Class Honours, Leeds Polytechnic, England
1970 Princess of Wales Scholarship, Royal College of Art,  London England
1970-1973 M.A. Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London, England

Employment History
1980-1984 Design Series of giftware designs, Rising Hawk Pottery, Stoke on Trent England
1980-Present Design Series of giftware designs, Axis Diffusion, Paris, France
1983 Design Series of giftware designs, Warehouse Designs, Tokyo, Japan
1985-1986 Design Series of giftware designs, Next interiors, Nottingham, England
1986-2000 Lecturing at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, London, England
1988 Lecturing, Series of lectures & workshops, National University, University of the Andes, & Cooperates, Bogota, Columbia
1990 Lecturing, Form & Function Workshop, Banff Centre, Canada
1990 Design, 14 Business & the Arts awards for 1990 ABSA ceremony, London
1992 Design, Glass Collection, Victoria Glass, London, England
1993 Lecturing/Demonstrating/Workshop, Ceramics Weekend, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth, Wales
1994 Lecturing/Demonstrating/Workshop, Northern Festival of Ceramics Middlesbrough, England
1996 Lecturing/Demonstrating/Workshop, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland
1997 Paper given [papers published by Crafts Council], Conference Obscure Objects of Desire? Reviewing the crafts in the 20th Century’, University of East Anglia, Norwich England
1997 Lecturing/Demonstrating, TV programme: ‘Beautiful Things’, BBC Wales
1998 Exhibition Selector, Ceramic Contemporaries, Royal College of Art & tour United Kingdom
2001 Artist in Residence, Shigaraki Ceramic Sculpture Park, Shigaraki, Japan
Visiting Research Fellow, Camberwell College of Arts, London, England
Jerwood Prize for ceramics, Short list, Jerwood Foundation, London, England
2003 Residency, De Montfort University Ceramics and glass dept. Leicester England
2004 Teaching, Ceramics and Glass dept, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, High Wycombe, England
2005 Teaching Project with Ceramics students, Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, England





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