Over the last 4 months (4 already!) I have been featuring an artist each Sunday for my Sunday Artist Interview and today we have the lovely Nicky to tell us about her work practice and ultimately, her favourite cheese! Over to you Nicky!
First of all, who are you?
Hi, I’m Nicky a potter and Independent shop owner living in a really beautiful part of the world, Dartmoor in Devon. My ceramic business is called Habulous by Nicky Edmunds and my lifestyle stores are called Insideout, these businesses and my family keep me pretty busy.
Pottery is my passion I spend as much time as I can making in my little studio which is in my garage next to my home. The studio is still a new space for me, last year my pottery wheel was located next to my washing machine in the utility room, my new space makes me smile every time I step into it. I make a vast array of things from planters to jewellery and when time allows I paint too.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
Gosh, I was always making or drawing and had hoped to become an illustrator but life got in the way. I feel so lucky that I now get to make my own ceramics and really wish I had discovered clay earlier.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I don’t really know about the funniest thing. What springs to mind more are the highs and lows. For example the first time I fired my own kiln all my makes cracked, that was hard, but ceramics can be like that and in a way that’s what makes it so magical. Highs are when you make a new piece and it comes out of the kiln as you envisaged, I love moments like that!
What is the hardest part of being creative?
The hardest part is self doubt, I find I can only really make what I love and you have to hope that other people will too. It can be hard working by yourself to, but I’m lucky as I also work in my stores where I get to meet lots of lovely people.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Don’t give up, stick to what works for you. Don’t let self doubt take you down.
What subjects inspire you?
My surroundings. I love the baron nature of Dartmoor, it is such a vast place. Nature in all forms at the moment my work is focused around the abundance of colours and summer flowers.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I am really inspired by the makers I know.
Angie Lewin – A very talented printmaker.
That Embroidery Girl – is someone I follow on Instagram, you should go and check out her work I would really love to own a piece by her. Her recent giraffe piece with a crown is sure to make you smile.
Katrin Moye – is a potter I have long admired. She produces decorative and functional pieces decorated with slip, I’m lucky enough to have one of her jugs.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
I have always loved the work of Mucha, the graphic nature of his work, which he somehow managed to keep a very feminine feel too. Years ago I was lucky enough to visit Prague, which has an abundance of his work, mosaics everywhere.
Pre-Raphaelite – I adore this magical work. I remember as a child visiting The National Gallery and mesmorised by “Isabella” a painting by John Millais
Echer – In total contrast to the others this black and white work has always got my imagination going. I’ve always wondered what went on in his head.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
It’s usually my latest piece, but I am really taken with my hanging planters at the moment.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
It was one of my new pieces
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Sharpham Brie, I can’t get enough of it.
Instagram – @nickyedmunds
Facebook – Habulous by Nicky Edmunds
Etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HabulousCeramics