Moving to Queensland in late 2017, Nicci quit her day job to become a full time potter, but her arts practice ranges over 25 years, encompassing ceramics, photography and design.
Her ceramics are a joyful mix of colourful thrown porcelain forms, quirky tea pots and whimsical sculptures that reflect the spirit of discovery the artist is exploring living the dream. She has a studio on Mt Tamborine where she offers intimate workshops and teaches for the Gold Coast Potters Association.
In 2020 she became the part-time Programs and Administration Coordinator for Ceramic Arts Qld.
Nicci’s says of her practice:
"I love to throw on the wheel; it is that quiet timeless space that coalesces 25 years of practice and spontaneous creativity into one action. Then comes the science and an age old process: firing the clay; mixing ingredients like an apothecary; dipping, lapping and overlapping glazes and loading the kiln, hoping the kiln gods smile on you. I feel privileged to be able to work in the field of ceramics, creating forms that offer a haptic intimate experience that only handmade crafts can give."
Nicci’s ceramics are sold under her brand, PJ Pottery
Executive Dean's Award, Faculty of Arts and Education, CSU 2017
Grand Champion Exhibit Pottery Section, Glen Innes Annual Show, 2016
Reserve Champion, Black and White Photography, Glen Innes Annual Show and First Prize, Colour Enlargement, Glen Innes Annual Show, 2015
TAFE Student Award (commitment to teaching), 2010
TAFE Communications Award, 2009
- Volunteer Workshop Coordinator and Publicity Officer Gold Coast Potters 2019-
- Invited to produce dinner sets for A Taste Of Noosa dining event, Cooroy Qld 2019
- Initiator/ co-curator of XX Factor exhibition, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy Qld for Int. Women’s Day 2019
- Member of Board of Management, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy Qld 2018
- Artist/scholar in residence, Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia February 2017 and July 2017
- Design and print-ready graphic design for 2 museum art trail brochures Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia 2017
- Guest speaker at International Women’s Day 2013 and 2016
- Guest Curator (with Caroline Downer) of artworks@ARTLANDS Dubbo, Regional Arts Australia National Conference 2016
- Ceramic artist-in-residence in Spain and USA 2009 and 2013