about

Hand throwing clay pot on wheel.

Hi, I’m Nicole.

Techniques, handling & care

I use a lot different types of clays and styles. I mix handbuilding, slip-casting, and wheel-throwing, earthenware, mid-fire, stoneware and porcelain. It’s usually fired in my electric kiln though I experiment with raku, pit-firing, and wood-firing when possible. 

All of my work is meant to be used – however use with care! I generally suggest hand-washing and avoid microwave use, but it’s up to personal preferences.  A few runs through the dishwasher or microwave won’t destroy anything, but it may shorten a piece’s life.

Exhibitions and awards

‘Decolonise my breakfast’, white stoneware, Ceramicus 2019. Photo by Chris Parkin.

In 2018 I won the Waikato Ceramics award for Best First-time Exhibitor at the annual Ceramicus exhibition.

I also exhibited work in the 2019 Ceramicus exhibition.

et cetera

In addition to pots I make lots of other stuff, in my home/derelict warehouse/studio in Newtown, Wellington, Aotearoa. I’m a dedicated cyclist and am often spotted around Wellington on my bike, ‘Green Goddess’.

Bicycle in front of shop window

I also help run Wellington Potters’ Association, the Ceramics Association of New Zealand, the Mechanical Tempest Community Bike Workshop, and the Pyramid Club/Sound and Light Exploration Society.

I’m happy to take custom orders/commissions.  Just write me at nicole@nicesssets.co.nz

Nicole Gaston wearing purple overalls in her studio.
In my studio

​xoxo Nicole