Mud and Thread
I am Nicky Ross, dirt-drenched potter & textile artist, at your service. Nstarstudio is my one woman show, styling simplicity into everyday sewn objects & making mud beautiful for every hand to hold
Some might wonder how pottery & textiles fit together. Two different mediums, methods & materials are required for each, & the end results are so distinct & separate. And yet, it is through my deep love of function, my wide appreciation of color & my tiny weak spot for time-honored craft that I create each & every item.
I swoon at the punch & pizazz color adds to classic forms in pottery. & I fumble in love with how color & contemporary design can make a timeless quilt pattern new.
Though I started creating with clay & fabric at different times in my life, it is color & function that brings them together, makes me happy & nudges me towards the next project. I design all my work with a strong sense tradition, a dash of whimsy, & a lasting personal imprint.
Nstarstudio is my labor of love, for clay, for craft & for all the scrumptious colors.
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-I've been throwing for 14 years, used 11 different clay bodies & worked/taught/made work in 7 studios
-I still have a hard time trimming & talking at the same time
-I've lifted thousands of pounds of clay & moved hundreds of ware boards of work. I've only ever wrecked 2 whole boards of production ware. They were back to back on the same day.
-Mugs are like a handshake - get a good one
-I have a secret talent of being able to fold things perfectly into thirds
-I don't eat or drink anything blue
-I love goats, anything magenta & could survive on red wine & pretzels
-I can't wink or whistle
-I'm 2.5 feet of friendly & 2.5 feet of fiesty
-I learned to sew at age 10, on a machine my mother could barely work on without swearing
-I made my first personal quilt because I couldn't afford heat in my college appartment. I still use it today
-When I moved to Madison,WI, my sewing machine & a bag of scrap fabric were 2 of the few possessions that made it into the car