Carol McNicoll

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Carol McNicoll (born 1943) is an English studio potter whose work is mainly non domestic slipcast ware, she is credited with helping to transform the British ceramics scene in the late 1970s.[1]

Biography[edit]

McNicoll was born in Solihull, West Midlands in 1943. She attended a foundation course at Solihull College of Technology[2] 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.[3] McNicoll was awarded a Princess of Wales Scholarship to attend Royal College of Art from 1970 to 1973,[4] where she felt women were "marginalised" and "attention went to the men who were interested in industrial ceramics".[5]

McNicoll worked as a wardrobe assistant at theatres in Birmingham and London in the early 1960s.[6] In 1970 she designed costumes for Brian Eno of Roxy Music who was then her boyfriend.[7][8] Her black cockerel feathered boa collar achieved an iconic status in the fledgling glamrock period.[3] 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.[9] She also worked as a machinist for fashion designer Zandra Rhodes,[10] who in 1972 commissioned her to make a unique dinner set,[11] consisting of pink coffee cups with hands for saucers.[12]

McNicoll makes sculptural functional ceramics and has lectured widely including at Camberwell College of Arts from 1986 to 2000.[13] In 2001 she was short-listed for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics.[14] Recent work has been constructed from slipcast and found objects such as toy soldiers, using commercial and self made transfer decoration.[15]

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."[16] She exhibits internationally and in 2003 City Gallery at Leicester, England presented a major retrospective of her work.[17] Her work is in the V&A's modern collection.[18]

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.[19]

Exhibitions[edit]

Selected recent exhibitions include:[20]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrod Tanya (2003). Carol McNicoll (Craft). Lund Humphries Publishers.
  2. ^ "Biography – Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Information Centre". bmagic.org.uk. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. attended a foundation course at Solihull College of Technology (1966–67)
  3. ^ a b Bracewell Michael (2011). Roxy Music and Art-Rock Glamour: Faber Forty-Fives: 1969–1972. Faber and Faber.
  4. ^ Watson Oliver (1993). Studio Pottery. Phaidon. p. 220. ISBN 071482948X.
  5. ^ Vincentelli Moira (2000). Women and Ceramics: Gendered Vessels Vincentelli. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719038402.
  6. ^ Bailey, Kristen (2014). "Top Of The Pots – Carol McNicoll Takes Over Hove Museum". culture24.org.uk. Retrieved 22 October 2014. McNicoll worked as a wardrobe assistant.
  7. ^ Auslander Philip (2006). Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music. University of Michigan Press. p. 196.
  8. ^ "Carol McNicoll". paulgormanis.com. 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  9. ^ "The Album Covers of Brian Eno". printmag.com. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Biography". bmagic.org.uk. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Information Centre. 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. worked as a machinist for the fashion designer Zandra Rhodes
  11. ^ "Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection: The Button Flower print". zandrarhodes.ucreative.ac.uk. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Zandra Rhodes: The Fashion Designer talks to MidCentury". midcenturymagazine.com. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. pink coffee cups with hands for saucers
  13. ^ "Contemporary Applied Arts: Carol McNicoll". caa.org.uk. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Carol McNicoll". uwe.ac.uk. 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 2001 she was short-listed for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics
  15. ^ "Contemporary Applied Arts: Carol McNicoll". caa.org.uk. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  16. ^ "Open Frequency 2013: Carol McNicoll, selected by Dr Glenn Adamson – Open Frequency, Features". axisweb.org. 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Ceramics Symposium". holburne.org. 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. a major retrospective of her work
  18. ^ Lutyens, Dominic (2014). "Interiors: It's a jumble out there". The Observer. Retrieved 22 October 2014. examples of her work in the V&A'.
  19. ^ Whiting David (2009). Modern British Potters and their studios. A&C Black.
  20. ^ Adamson, Glenn (2014). "Open Frequency 2013: Carol McNicoll, selected by Dr Glenn Adamson - Open Frequency, Features | Axisweb". axisweb.org. Retrieved 23 October 2014. Selected recent exhibitions include

Further reading[edit]

  • Harrod, Tanya and Roselee Goldberg. (2003) Carol McNicoll (Craft) Lund Humphries Publishers. ISBN 978-0853318835
  • Turner, Ralph. (1985) Carol McNicoll Ceramics Crafts Council. ISBN 978-0903798839
  • Harrod, Tanya and Murray, Peter Carol 2000 McNicoll Knick Knacks Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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