About Nice Assets

Nice Assets is the work of Nicole Gaston, a Newtown-based craftswoman who creates fun colourful ceramics.

Follow me on @nice.assets for regular updates.

Commissions/Collaborations/Wholesale

I am happy to make custom pieces, sets, and fermenting crocks to order.

My work is available for wholesale to select retailers. Please feel free to reach out with enquiries.

Do you want to collaborate with me? YES! I’M KEEN!

Get in touch and let’s do this!

I also offer occasional workshops and lessons.

There is a 4-6 week turn around time for custom orders.

Techniques, handling & care

Each piece is handmade by me, with love, one at a time.

I use a lot different types of clays and styles in my ceramics. I mix handbuilding, slip-casting, and wheel-throwing with different types of clays. I try to only work with New Zealand clays, and my work is usually fired to cone 8 in my electric kiln.

All of my work is meant to be used β€” 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 (photograph above).

image of woman in purple overalls

et cetera

In addition to pots I make lots of other stuff, at my home workshop in Newtown, Wellington, Aotearoa.

I also work full time as a librarian and help run the Ceramics Association of New Zealand, the Mechanical Tempest Community Bike Workshop, and the Pyramid Club/Sound and Light Exploration Society.