Nicole Yeo is a designer and ceramicist living in New York City, known to diligently explore within her work. As a matter of fact, no two pieces of hers are identical. There is a beautiful and fascinating breadth to her collection, and each piece has uniquely captivating details.
Throughout it all, Nicole's work still maintains a consistent character. Every piece embodies restraint, strives for quiet elegance, and has something to say. These characteristics are produced by a paradoxical aspect of her practice: the relationship between constraints and exploration.
Constraints of Design
Learned from her experience in Design, Nicole fully embraces the value of constraints. Where are the boundaries and how do they affect communication, usability, and implementation? It's these questions that lead to a better product.
Ceramics inherit much of the same Design constraints, but is additionally constrained by physics. Nicole finds the medium and its environment perfect for exploration. Whether the clay is too dry or too wet, too gritty or too fine-grained, too heavy or too light, Nicole is able to navigate the space to create forms that evoke a sense of her inspiration.
Exploration & Evolution
As an artist that continually explores new forms, Nicole is constantly gathering inspiration. From contemporary work she discovers to the historical practice of ceramics around the world, she collects colors, textures, bodies, and feelings to fuel her creative fire.
The next chapter of her exploration involves hand-building large vessels with a technique called Coiling - a technique that has been used for thousands of years. The constraints of Coiling fosters a new environment for Nicole, and we can't wait to see where she goes.