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Artist, Nicole Jurain, on Life and the Creation of her Art

Creative minds find art in the world around us. Every day I see an object in nature that inspires me. My work is influenced by the colors of nature, our animals and the Earth itself.

I taught myself how to throw pottery, 30 years ago. When I was 18 years old visiting Hawaii I was introduced to one of the most influential potters I’ve worked with to date, Matthew Lovein, co-owner of Halualoa Gallery on the Big Island, Hawaii. His experience mirrored my own. We are both self taught and in awe of how it all works and the feeling we get when we create beautiful works of art.

I studied at SUNY New Paltz graduating in 1996 and began working as a production potter and instructor right out of college. I learned that I did not want to produce other peoples work for them. As a creative person that was very boring and I felt trapped, instead, I chose to become a mother and spend my time homeschooling my children. I taught my boys art, painting, pottery wheel, hand building, photography along with other subjects I felt confident teaching and then gave the task to talented tutors to further their education.

When the boys became independent workers I was able to get back into my studio, located in my home. They would work on homework and I would work on throwing pottery. The boys are my greatest creations.

Living in New Paltz I am inspired by the landscape every day. About 7 years ago I created a simple line drawing of the iconic Mohonk Ridge (see photo) complete with the Fire Tower. The hand carved Ridgeline pottery has been purchased by tourists and locals and can now be found all over the world.


About 4 years ago I created The Jupiter Collection (see photo). Each piece is unique like our fingerprints. Recently I began painting in my “off” season. Most of my paintings are of animals from the Bronx Zoo that are endangered. I donate prints to the zoo for their yearly fundraiser to help raise money for Zookeepers Education.

Current and Upcoming Shows: May 3-31, Arts Mid-Hudson Pop Up Shop; May 25-27, Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Craft Fair at the Ulster County Fairgrounds; June15-16, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Festival; July 1-31, Huntington Library Solo Gallery

About the Artist: Nicole Jurain is a ceramic artist for 30 years, also a painter. She does custom work and offers painting classes and pottery lessons. Visit her website, for show and gallery listings. You can see her work on Instagram @nicolejurainpainting and @nicolejurainpottery, as well as, on Facebook, Nicole Jurain Pottery.

About the column:

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