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Visit to Nicola Werner's Studio 2012


Sunday 30th September, 11am – 4 pm

Burcombe Farm, Bolham Water, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3QB

Nicola was brought up in rural Kent, attended the foundation course at Medway College of Art and Design, and studied Fine Art (painting) at the Central School of Art. She left London to travel and to look for work. She found this in Berkshire, where she spent three years working for Alan Caiger-Smith and his team at Aldermaston Pottery.
In 1986, after some months researching designs and painting watercolours in the Lake District, she set up her first studio in Trottiscliffe, Kent. Luckily for us, a year later she moved to Milverton, Somerset, and then transferred to larger premises
in the Blackdown Hills approximately four years after that. She has lived and worked there ever since.
Some of you may remember that a few years ago the WPA organised a visit to Nicola’s studio, which turned into a very enjoyable and informative day. Nicola must have enjoyed it too, as she has agreed to host another visit!
For those who don’t know her work, she produces a wide range of domestic ware, one-off commemorative pieces and increasingly, tiles to order, including murals. All the work is functional and intended to enhance everyday life. The work is inspired by nature, European majolica, faience and Delftware.
Her palette of soft yellow, green, blue, lilac and red melds with the off-white tin glaze and yields an effect which is rather like watercolour. The success of her work depends on her mastery of her brushes. Birds, lobsters, crabs and prawns join butterflies, vines and flowers dancing across the softly glazed surfaces.
The pots are at home in warm country kitchens and really invite use. The work is well made, affordable, functional and cheering.
Nicola speaks appreciatively about the therapeutic quality of clay. She cherishes repeat throwing and the recurrence of certain of her patterns. There is a rhythm in these which allows her to be transported away from the humdrum. She is unpretentious and her vision is clear.
Some of you may remember that Nicola’s studio is on the small side, so spaces are limited. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. Nicola will provide tea and coffee and for those who do not wish to visit the local pub for lunch, which
is about 3 miles away, there is space to picnic at the venue.
There is plenty of space for car parking, although please carshare
if you can manage it.
More information on Nicola and her work can be found at