Carol McNicoll crée des céramiques fonctionnelles sculpturales.
Elle a donné de nombreuses conférences, notamment au Camberwell College of Arts. A été sélectionnée pour le Prix Jerwood de la Céramique.Elle travaille à partir d’objets trouvés tels que des soldats de plomb, en utilisant des décorations de transfert commerciales et auto-fabriquées.
Elle dit de son travail «Je me divertis en faisant des objets fonctionnels qui sont richement modelés et commente le monde étrange que nous avons créé pour nous-mêmes.» Elle expose internationalement et en 2003 City Gallery à Leicester, Angleterre a présenté une rétrospective majeure de son travail.Son travail est dans la collection contemporaine du Victoria & Albert Museum.
Carol McNicoll was born in 1943. She studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic and ceramics at the Royal College of Art. Her works explore the relationship between two and three-dimensional figurative imagery within the context of functional ceramics. She has always been concerned with pattern, and uses glazes, open stock transfers and her own transfers to create richly patterned surfaces. Her work is included in public collections in Australia, Netherlands and the UK and private collections worldwide. In 2001 she was short-listed for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics and a major retrospective of her work toured the UK as part of the Craft Council’s Show5 initiative, 2003-2005.
McNicoll was born in Solihull, Birmingham in 1943. She attended a foundation course at Solihull College of Technology and then studied fine art at Leeds Polytechnic from 1967 to 1970. In 1968 she made a film with three other students titled Musical which collaged and parodied existing musicals, comedian Roy Hudd was invited to open the premiere. McNicoll was awarded a Princess of Wales Scholarship to attend Royal College of Art from 1970 to 1973, where she felt women were « marginalised » and « attention went to the men who were interested in industrial ceramics ».
McNicoll worked as a wardrobe assistant at theatres in Birmingham and London in the early 1960s. In 1970 she designed costumes for Brian Eno of Roxy Music who was then her boyfriend. Her black cockerel feathered boa collar achieved an iconic status in the fledgling glamrock period. McNicoll supervised the design of the cover for Eno’s Here Come the Warm Jets album with one of her teapot designs being featured on the sleeve cover. She also worked as a machinist for fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, who in 1972 commissioned her to make a unique dinner set, consisting of pink coffee cups with hands for saucers.
McNicoll makes sculptural functional ceramics and has lectured widely including at Camberwell College of Arts from 1986 to 2000. In 2001 she was short-listed for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics. Recent work has been constructed from slipcast and found objects such as toy soldiers, using commercial and self made transfer decoration.
McNicoll says of her work « I am entertained by making functional objects which are both richly patterned and comment on the strange world we have created for ourselves. » She exhibits internationally and in 2003 City Gallery at Leicester, England presented a major retrospective of her work. Her work is in the V&A’s modern collection.
McNicoll lives and works in a converted piano factory in Camden Town London, designed by her friend the architect Piers Gough in exchange for a McNicoll teaset.
Selections d’Expositions / Exhibitions
• Well meaning cultural commodities, Barrett Marsden Gallery London, 2008
• Taiwan biennale exhibition curated by Moyra Elliott, 2010
• Ceramics – Carol McNicoll, Ken Eastman, Alison Britton, Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, 2010
• Ideal Home – Carol McNicoll, Jacqui Poncelet, Sam Scott, Marsden Woo Gallery London, 2011
• 5 Divas: Carol McNicoll, Jacqui Poncelet, Janice Tchalenko, Elizabeth Fritsch, Alison Britton, Helene Aziza Paris, 2012
• Pieces together: Carol McNicoll, Sam Scott, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf London, 2012
Cette artiste a participé rue Paul Fort à :
> L’exposition « English Touch » du 22 novembre au 20 décembre 2017
> L’exposition « Les Plaisirs de l’assiette » du jeudi 15 septembre 2016 au mercredi 5 octobre 2016
> L’exposition « Libertés Affinités » du 24 mai au 15 juin 2012