Nicholas Joerling

Penland, NC

Exhibiting Member Since 1988

I make pots as much from a drawing sensibility as a pottery one. Daydreaming with a pencil. Not drawing but simply doodling, then working hard to get that drawing to work as a functioning pot. Profile line is a strong attraction, a strong dictate, as are the smaller spaces within spaces. And of course that sense of animation. My pot reference is most often you and I, our bodies. It's where my cues come from: dance, people seated on a park bench, the cleavage that forms on the inside of a bent elbow. But I want to stay in the pots world--too literal and the pots seem deflated. In my studio what I hope for are pots that have qualities of sensuality, compassion, humor and risk.

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