Nicole Aquillano BiographyLOCATED: Boston, MA
SURFACE: Black Slip Inlay
PROCESS: Cone 10 Oxidation
Nicole Aquillano DescriptionNicole Aquillano was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Nicole Kowalski. She received a BS in mathematics from Carlow University in 2004 and a BS in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. The following year, she moved to Boston to pursue a career at the Environmental Protection Agency, all the while pursuing her passion in ceramics. In 2010, she finally followed her passion to Rhode Island School of Design and earned her MFA in ceramics. Since February 2012, Nicole has happily lived and worked at Midway Studios in the Fort Point Area of Boston with her husband Sam and cat Luna, and since June 2013 she has been creating full-time! Her story is living proof that if you work hard enough at something, it’s bound to happen. Dreams really can come true (with a lot of hard work and a little luck)!
Nicole spends her free time running marathons, cooking with Sam, photographing inspiration in the architecture around her, and making frequent trips to Pittsburgh to find new inspiration in the place she’s never been able to leave behind: home.
Nicole Aquillano StatementReturn to ListPreviousNext Artist Statement I am forever influenced by my longing to return to the comfort and stability of home, which I satisfy through creation of work with the ability to establish intimate connections. Through the labor-intensive act of making, I establish a close personal relationship with my work. The familiarity of tableware offers ease in transference of this intimate bond. Consideration of every surface and intense attention to detail prompt display of the work when not in use, as a meaningful addition to any collection. I am particularly interested in exploring the human need to maintain collections, as a way to preserve the past and satisfy the longing with which we inhabit the world: driven by a desire to hold onto what will inevitably be lost. My memories and experiences are carved onto objects intended to be both used and collected: as a way to facilitate new relationships to fill the void left by that which we will never have again.
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