Nick Joerling

Nick Joerling is a full-time studio potter who has maintained a studio in Penland, North Carolina, since thenickjoerlingteapots.jpg 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. He has taught in craft programs nationally, been widely reviewed and exhibited, and is represented in public and private collections. Nick’s work is wheelthrown, altered, stoneware.  

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 line 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 -- too literal and the pots seem deflated. In my studio what I hope for are pots that have qualities of sensuality, compassion, humor, and risk.

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