Nicola Malkin makes one off and limited edition large scale ceramics. Her work plays on ideas of memory, narratives, sentimentality and relationships. A large body of Nicola’s work is developed around a fascination with precious materials, objects, the concept of jewellery and a commitment to craftsmanship. She is most well known for her giant jewellery. Huge charm bracelets and necklaces, displayed as wall pieces. Nicola’s work is both surreal and humorous and plays with audience expectation. She is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins specialising in 3D Design, Ceramics and Jewellery.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Opening a new bag of clay, starting new work. My cats perched on my workbench. Me, watching my two boys playing from my studio window in the garden.
Which living person do you most admire?
My twin sister. She loves what she does, works hard, has her own business and is an incredible example to her two girls.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Tools. I kid myself that I’m in constant need of new modelling tools, but to be honest the ones I use the most I’ve had for at least 15 years. However, I cannot resist buying them whether I’m in an art shop, pottery supplier or DIY shop. I love tools that have been hand made by makers. And ones that are really specific, like for scoring and joining clay or teapot holers. I’ve never made a teapot in my life but have quite a few of these…..I could talk for ages about my favourite tools….
What is your current state of mind?
I’m currently on maternity leave, so I’m a weird mix of chaos and serenity. It’s great.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
An array of uncalled for expletives. Guaranteed to slip out frequently at the most inappropriate times.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to sing and dance (but not at the same time. That would be awful). I don’t let it stop me, but I’m tragically bad at both.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be
I’d be more articulate.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The home my husband and I created for my family. My happy place.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
My husband. He’s one lucky S.O.B.
Where would you most like to live?
In a perfect world I’d live between London, Cornwall and Greece. But I live on a Span estate, so I consider myself very lucky. I love it. I think we’ll be here forever.
What is your favorite occupation?
Who are your favorite writers?
David Sedaris. I especially love it when his short stories pop up in a podcast. I could listen to him read all day long. A book I’ve reread again and again is “The Moon’s a Balloon” by David Niven.
What is your motto?
Keep going. Be Kind.
What is it that you most dislike?
Primness. Oh and cyclists.