Katy Nickell is working on her sixth year as an art teacher at Norman High School, previously teaching art at Central Washington University and Oklahoma City Community College. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor’s Degree, she went on to receive a Masters in Fine Art from Central Washington University.
She’s been working in ceramics and 3-D art for 20+ years and continues to refine her body of work. A continuing theme in her work has been femininity and the use of flowers. In her graduate thesis exhibition she created over a thousand handmade porcelain flowers for a garden instillation.
Hand-building, throwing and slip-casting are some of the techniques that are used in creating her artwork. For the flower covered series, she creates the base form from slabs or on the pottery wheel. Then shapes and applies each flower or petal individually by hand. The cup series that she creates uses a slip-casting process. She uses stained liquid porcelain to create many different designs.