Nicholas Bernard

Urn, triangles and mazes

Urn, triangles and mazes

Work Details

Urn, triangles and mazes

2022

Porcelain

24.5 X 11

Inventory ID: #3456





    About Nicholas Bernard

    Early experiences with clay as a child apparently left a mark. After school, apprenticeships and more school, making pots was, is and will continue to be a way of life. I’ve been a studio potter for nearly 40 years now, living and working in Arizona for much of that time. My work as a professional has always been low fire earthenware. For many years my Raku pots were shown nationally. The influences are scattered from the Southwest, Africa and Japan to the cultures of the Mediterranean. A museum full of 2000 year old pots in Rhodes was an epiphany. Simple forms with no contrivance or pretension filled room after room. I hope to make one like that before I’m done. Seeing those pots 20 years ago started this current evolution. It began with soft muted colors, totally classic shapes.

    Amphora, ewers, and jugs with an ancient feel. Then, textured pots with extravagant handles, spouts and flourishes using brushed color. Over the last 20 years the current body of work has evolved. Hot colors, simple closed forms with very controlled textures dominate.

    High fire porcelain and white stoneware have now been added to the mix. This work is completely different from the earthenware. Different clays, firing and extravagant decorating techniques give homage to my influences and work from the from the past with a whole new level of skills and maturity.

    The last piece finished today, good, bad or indifferent is the product of doing the work for many years. These pieces can’t be made without those experiences, successes and failures, lots of failures. Even after 40 years, everyday in the studio is an adventure; I’m looking forward to working tomorrow.

    Artist Statement
    Form is everything; I stretch clay to make canvases for decoration. Texture, pattern and color are successful additions when the shapes are impeccable. My inspirations are many, from the classic forms of antiquity to the simple, graceful pots made by indigenous peoples and the work of modern studio potters.

    This current body of work deals mostly with simple clean form. Dramatic color, graphic pattern and subtle texture accentuate what I hope is a mastery of the traditional vessel form regardless of the clays and firing.

    Technical Description
    Thrown earthenware, with layers of textured slip, colored slips and oxides. Multiple gas or electric firings in oxidation to cone 03 or approximately 2000F.

    Also Cone10 reduction, gas firings to 2350F. with Porcelain and White Stoneware.

    All Works by Nicholas Bernard

    Urn, triangles and mazes

    Urn, triangles and mazes

    2022

    Porcelain

    24.5 X 11

    Inventory ID: #3456

    NB20 tendrils, stipes and golden

    NB20 tendrils, stipes and golden

    2022

    Porcelain

    18.5 X 14.5

    Inventory ID: #3457

    Urn, vines and leaves

    Urn, vines and leaves

    2022

    Porcelain

    13.5 X 9

    Inventory ID: #3458

    Patchwork and Mazes

    Patchwork and Mazes

    2022

    Porcelain

    15 X 9.50

    Inventory ID: #3450

    Bottle Stripes and Mazes

    Bottle Stripes and Mazes

    2022

    Porcelain

    11 X 11

    Inventory ID: #3451

    Broken Maze Vessel

    Broken Maze Vessel

    2022

    White Stoneware

    16 X 13.50

    Inventory ID: #3402

    Tall Bowl Weave and Maze

    Tall Bowl Weave and Maze

    2022

    Porcelain

    8 X 7

    Inventory ID: #3376

    NB10 Bands and Mazes

    NB10 Bands and Mazes

    2022

    White Stoneware

    16 X 13

    Inventory ID: #3370

    Tall Bowl Bands and Maze

    Tall Bowl Bands and Maze

    2022

    Porcelain

    9 X 6.50

    Inventory ID: #3368

    Egg with Broken Mazes

    Egg with Broken Mazes

    2022

    White Porcelain

    8.75 X 7

    Inventory ID: #3378

    Bottle Broken Mazes

    Bottle Broken Mazes

    2022

    Porcelain

    8.5 X 8

    Inventory ID: #3375