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Nicola Tassie - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows
Nicola Tassie - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Nicola Tassie (British, b. 1960) is a London-based ceramic artist whose elegant work blends functional forms with conceptual notions of fine art. Employing centuries-old pottery traditions, Tassie creates pieces that are immediately recognizable and approachable as humble quotidian domestic objects; however, through closer inspection, they reveal that the usability is only alluded to through certain formal properties, and not discreetly possible. Her oeuvre is comprised of clean forms that are experimental in their use of texture, color, and technique, as can be seen in her Totem sculptures, stacks of “pots” that can soar to over eight feet in height. Tassie uses a variety of clays, including stoneware, porcelain, and paper clay, and plays with the the technicalities of the kiln firing them at different temperatures or placing them in different locations within the kiln. Her work is mostly thrown, though she has recently integrated some hand building into her practice. She describes her relationship with clay as an “addiction.”

Tassie originally studied painting at Central School of Art and Design in London before dedicating herself completely to the practice of ceramics, and is a founding member of Standpoint Studios in London. Her work has been exhibited widely.


Born in 1960, London

Founding member and Director of Education projects at Standpoint Studios, London

1985-88 Ceramics, Islington Institute, EC1 London
1980-83 BA [Honors] Fine Art [Painting], Central School of Art & Design,
1979-80 Foundation, St Martin’s School of Art, London

2016     Selected maker for the International Maker Showcase ‘Future Made’
             Crafts Council of England
1991     Visual Arts Production Award (ceramics), Greater London Arts


2023     ‘Abstract Color,’ Marlborough Gallery, London
2022     ‘Grounding,’ Jaggered Art, London
             ‘4,’ Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria
2021     ‘Nicola Tassie Ceramics & John McLean Prints,’ The Fine Art Society, London
             ‘Slip and Stasis,’ Standpoint Gallery, London
             ‘Sweet Dreams,’ Fine Art Society, London
2020     'Dirty Hands and Revelations,' The Great Oxygenation Event’ RCA at Standpoint Gallery,
             ‘Sculptural meets Functional,’ Maud and Mabel Gallery, London
2019     ‘New Artist Group Exhibition,” Hostler Burrows, New York
             'Collecting Craft,’ The Holburne Museum, Bath
             ‘Collect 19,’ Saatchi Gallery, London
2018     ‘Levelling Traditions,’ Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
             ‘Perspective,’ Petronilla Silver, London
2017      Tremenheere Sculpture Park, Penzance, Cornwall
              ‘Collect’, at Petronilla Silver stand, Saatchi Gallery, London
2016     ‘Line Up’ touring to The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey,
             ‘ING Discerning Eye Exhibition’, Mall Galleries, London
             ‘The White Show’ Clotworthy House & Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim,
             Northern Ireland
             ‘British Craft: Miami Edit’, One Hotel, Miami, USA
2015     ‘Line Up’ – Flow Gallery, London
             Collect - stand Petronilla Silver of the Wills Lane Gallery, Saatchi Gallery,
             ‘Orchestrated Marks’ Quercus Gallery, Bath
             ‘Grand Magasin’ – French Riviera, London
2014     ‘Mud and Water’ – Rokeby Gallery, London
             ‘Craft’ – solo exhibition, Standpoint Gallery, London
             ‘Grand Magasin’ – French Riviera, London
2013     ‘Natural Selection’ - Gallery Top, Matlock, Derbyshire
             ‘Bryan Ingham & Nicola Tassie’ - The Cross Street Gallery, London

2012     ‘Everyday’- The Craft Center and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds
             ‘Made in London’- Contemporary Ceramics, London
             ‘London Design Festival’ at Margaret Howell, Fulham, London
2011     ‘Hatchet & Helve’- Standpoint Gallery, London
2010     ‘Hand Made in England’ - Few and Far, London
2009     Contemporary Applied Arts, Somerset House, London
2007     Ceramics at St David's Hall, Cardiff
2005     'Points of View' - Standpoint Gallery, London
2000     'Hidden Art of Hackney'- Hackney Museum, London
1999     'New Designers' - The Geoffrey Museum, London
1989     'Whitechapel Open'- Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

2016     Imperfect Perfect by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen
             Proebstel, published by Murdoch Books
2015     Country Living Modern Rustic issue 4, text by Caroline Atkins
2015     Makers of East London, published by Hoxton Mini Press
2006     The Ceramics Book - an A-Z guide to 300 ceramic artist, published by
             Ceramic Review Publishing Ltd
2005     Points of View, by Geoffrey Quilley, Standpoint, London / Ceramics:
             Art and Perception International, issue60
2004     To Have and to Hold, Ceramic Review, Sept/Oct
1999     Painted Ceramics; colour and imagery on clay, by Brenda Pegrum,
             published by Crowood Press
1992     Freeing the Spirit, Crafts Magazine, May/June

2016     Viladas, Pilar, "Old School and Cutting Edge Furniture to Blow Your Mind
             The Best of Design Miami 2016," W Magazine, December 2, 2016
2015     Treggiden, Katie, "Tactile design: why we like things a little rough around
             the edges," The Spaces, December 14, 2015



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