There’s nothing like going straight to the source to make you truly appreciate a work of art. I have long been an admirer of Nicholas Newcomb’s ceramic work, but a recent visit to his Brooklyn studio converted me to a lifelong fan. Nicholas’ work is beautiful in its simplicity, employing subdued palettes and elemental forms for a look that is both charming and timeless. Within this simplicity, however, is an amazing process and killer craftsmanship, both of which I had the pleasure of seeing firsthand during my studio visit.
While I flitted about Nicholas’ studio with my camera, documenting in-process works, tools of the trade, and all of the fabulous detritus that studios like this have to offer, he made sure to keep himself busy. As I came in for closer inspection, he gamely shared some insights into his process. I watched as he smoothed down the wobbly sides of a vessel, poured slip into molds, and used his fingers to create the ruffle-like waves on his Chatham bowls. Nicholas’ clear passion for his craft was infectious — and definitely made me wish I had picked up more skills from my college ceramics class. Check out all of the photos from my visit in the slideshow! —Max