Artist Information


The functional ceramic sculptures expertly created by Nicholas Joerling combine a rich balance of color with graceful forms and a touch of humor.

"I make pots as much from a drawing sensibility as a pottery one. Daydreaming with a pencil. Not drawing as rendering but simply doodling, then working hard to get that drawing to function. Profile line is therefore a strong attraction, a strong dictate, as are the smaller pieces within spaces and of course, that sense of animation. In my studio what I hope for are pots that have qualities of sensuality, compassion, humor and risk." — Nicholas Joerling

Joerling received his BA degree from the University of Dayton (OH) and his MFA degree from Louisiana State University. His work has been exhibited at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design and Worcester Center for Crafts, (MA). Joerling’s ceramics are in the collections of Alfred University (NY), Islip Art Museum (NY), Lancaster Museum of Art (PA) and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC).

Nicholas currently works from his studio in Western North Carolina.