Nicola Nieburg Boxall first discovered clay in her early twenties while living in Cape Town, South Africa. She was instantly hooked, but then life happened, as it does. Fast forward a decade (or two)… add a husband, two kids, a magazine editing/writing career and a couple of international moves.
It wasn’t until Nicola settled in Stamford, Connecticut, and her kids were a bit older that she started making pottery again. While working part-time she took ceramic classes at Norwalk Community College, followed by Clay Art Center and later Silvermine School of Art, where she was awarded a scholarship and assisted the ceramics studio manager weekly for over a year. She has been a member of Hudson River Potters since 2019.
Nicola makes functional tableware items as well as decorative one-of-a-kind pieces. Her work is made primarily from stoneware and is durable, and dishwasher- and food-safe.
Although she has dabbled on the wheel, Nicola’s preferred method is hand building using slabs, sometimes coils, and an extruder, which she uses to make her signature woven baskets. She pays equal attention to form and surface finish, favoring organic, simple shapes, which she will often embellish with texture, such as fresh leaf imprints, or sgraffito carvings inspired by nature. Nicola often applies colored slips and oxide washes to make her carvings pop, and is a fan of experimenting with color at the glazing stage.