nichola theakston

 ceramic sculpture.


Unique hand-built sculpture is usually fabricated from a single thin sheet of clay, or coil built with detail added using small pieces of clay and built up like a puzzle or mosaic. Work is often at risk during construction and the resulting fragility is integral to both concept and aesthetic. 

The notion that an individual creature may experience some ‘otherness’ or spiritual dimension beyond our understanding of its instinctive animal behaviours is the premise behind these works, and portraiture the vehicle I use to explore feeling and expression. Primates are an obvious and compelling choice of subject, and it is important to me that they are sculpted with sensitivity and empathy inviting the viewer to relate and reflect.

limited edition

Limited Edition sculptures are usually made on an armature which is packed out with clay to assume a rough sketch which is worked to completion before moulding. Traditional plaster moulds are made of the sculpture from which I am able to remake and remodel a ceramic edition. Each new sculpture made within an edition is made from pressing clay into individual sections of moulds. Once released from the moulds these sections are tidied up and reassembled to reconstruct the form of the original sculpture. The sculpture is then reworked with fresh clay and then coloured slips are applied prior to firing.  Painting and drawing continue to influence my approach to these pieces.


Bronze sculpture is made at at Castle Fine Arts Foundry using the lost wax process from the original  clay sculpture, and will be produced in small editions.