Nel Faulkner

Nel Faulkner is a ceramicist based in Dorset, whose distinctive style of handbuilt shapes, printed patterns and a restricted palette of cobalt blue and white all define her work. Nel began her career by studying 3D Design in London, at Chelsea School of Art before working in Paris designing shops and furniture for fashion houses, including Valentino and Ines de la Fressange. In 2019, Nel’s ceramics were selected by Paul Smith for display in their flagship store in Albemarle Street.

Ceramicist

Nel Faulkner

South West England

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THE PROCESS

Nel has developed a distinctive style using a full range of ceramic techniques. Her current work is made using a solid clay, which is worked into shape when soft and then hollowed out. Nel’s work is never planned and organically evolves through deep immersion in the making process, allowing her to explore unexpected combinations. Nel is particularly inspired by the stylised graphic conventions often seen in Japanese art and the uniquely free, spirited approach the Japanese bring to making with clay.

Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

The emptiness of not making: I'm not meaningfully connected to my life unless I'm making.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

My work is strong on pattern and form. I draw inspiration from everyday objects both functional and aesthetic, but I am particularly influenced by the creativity of indigenous societies: impressions and memories of these can be seen in my collection.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

My work is less about beauty and fine craftsmanship and more about personality and an inventive use of materials. Softly thrown shapes, printed patterns, carved handles, robust forms and a restricted palette of cobalt blue and white all define my work. I have honed my skills by mastering conventional techniques and then questioning them, generally choosing a personal approach over perceived perfection.

4. What is your defining or proudest moment as a maker so far?

My most defining moment as a maker would have to be having two of my pots chosen by Paul Smith, to be displayed in the flagship store in Albemarle Street W1.

5. What is your dream project?

My dream project would be designing and making a large pot for the grand entrance hall of Elton John’s house in Los Angeles.

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6 Products found

  1. Kyoto Bottle I by Nel Faulkner
    Kyoto Bottle I
    Nel Faulkner
    £980
  2. Kyoto Bottle II by Nel Faulkner
    Kyoto Bottle II
    Nel Faulkner
    £980
  3. Kyoto Bottle III by Nel Faulkner
    Kyoto Bottle III
    Out of stock
    Nel Faulkner
    £980
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  4. Kyoto Bottle IV by Nel Faulkner
    Kyoto Bottle IV
    Out of stock
    Nel Faulkner
    £980
    Out of stock
  5. Kyoto Bottle V by Nel Faulkner
    Kyoto Bottle V
    Nel Faulkner
    £2,450
  6. Kyoto Bottle VI by Nel Faulkner
    Kyoto Bottle VI
    Nel Faulkner
    £2,450
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