Change to Exhibition Preview – Observations and Interpretations (Covid permitting)

We’ve had to make some changes to the exhibition starting tomorrow (preview tonight) as John Thirlwall felt that the uncertainty with COVID stops him wanting to exhibit at this time. Please accept our ap0logies for this unavoidable change of plan.
Fortunately, Gillie Nicholls has taken the opportunity to put on a lovely exhibition called “Profiles, Symmetries and Vessels“.

You are now cordially invited to the preview to our new exhibition ‘Profiles, Symmetries and Vessels’, Saturday 19th September – 7th November (Covid permitting).

We are planning a preview evening on Friday September 18th but we will need to carefully organise the total number of people in the gallery at any one time and sadly facemasks must be worn.  If you would like to attend the preview evening and meet the artists, please send an email to Charles Walker at and we will confirm the arrangements with you.  Because of Covid and restrictions of numbers in the gallery we are using the cafe as a waiting room with music entertainment and the preview will be from 5pm to 8pm.

Here is the artist’s statement:

Gillie Nicholls BA Hons. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, (clay in the veins).  

 I graduated in 1981 from North Staffordshire Polytechnic, where I studied Pottery under Derek Emms. Derek combined the influence of Japanese Art (gleaned from his own teacher Bernard Leach), with a thorough approach to understanding clays glazes and firing techniques.

For almost forty years I have combined two careers: that of professional musician and potter, working from my studio in Stafford.

After many years of mixing clay and glazes, learning the craft of building and firing complex shapes alongside simple functional wares, during the summer of 2017, I happened upon sculpture. I quickly realised that all of the essential technical ability was already there at my fingertips. I have always loved the anthropomorphic quality of hand thrown pots, and over the past two years, since my sculpting epiphany, I have begun to explore the synthesis of pots and human form through clay portraiture.

 This foray into sculpture has propelled me on a new and compelling journey, joining all the inspirational dots.

. My ambition is to build a powerful new body of work that hints at the human experience through heads, faces, hands, their gestures and movement, capturing personality and creating a family of full blown characters, expressed in fired clay. Alongside these sculptural portraits I wish to draw a direct correlation between drawn observation and its influence on the character and shape of the thrown bowl.





Sep 18 2020


5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Free event