Nicolette Johnson is a ceramic artist whose work explores symmetry, botanical motifs, and the importance of the artefact.

Nicolette was born in London, England in 1990, grew up in Texas, USA, and today is based in Brisbane, Australia. Working in stoneware and employing wheel-throwing, coiling, and sculpting techniques, Nicolette applies a modern aesthetic to re-imagined ancient forms. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Brisbane.

With a background in photographic art and social documentary, Nicolette began studying ceramics in 2015 and is continuing her practice-led exploration into functional and sculptural ceramic vessels, hand-making and firing each of her works in her Brisbane home studio.

Nicolette is represented by Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne.

Curriculum Vitae

Nicolette Johnson
Born 1990, United Kingdom
Arrived in Australia 2005

Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Bachelor of Photography (Photojournalism), 2008-2010
Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Bachelor of Photography (Honours), 2011

October 2018 – Blume, Paper Boat Press Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

July 27 – October 20, 2019 – An Idea Needing to be Made, Heide MoMA, Melbourne, Australia
May 10 – August 11, 2019 – Brisbane Art Design, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia
May 2019 – Manifest, PW1, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart, Australia
March 2019 – Material Thought, Modern Times, Melbourne, Australia
March 2019 – Designwork #3, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

October 2018 – Ceramics 2, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
September ’18 – March ’19 – Designing Women, NGV International Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design
September 2018 – Unleashed, Artisan, Brisbane, Australia
July 2018 – Makers Take III, UAP Warehouse, Brisbane, Australia
July 2018 – Relics Today, Modern Times Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
April 2018 – Vase & Vessel: And Ode to Morandi, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, Australia
March 2018 – Artefacts, Space at Collins Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

April 2017 – Emerge, Paper Boat Press, Brisbane, Australia
March 2017 – On Paper, Of Clay, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, Australia

June 2016 – Gulp, 1 Trafalgar St, Woolloongabba, Australia

Public Collections:
2018 – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Sprouting Vase (Granite), Crater Vase, Black Studded Vase
2018 – Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia. Spire, Two-Pronged Vase (Ore), Crucible I.

Commissions and Collaborations:
April 2019 – 2 Vessels for ‘Maison IV’ exhibition at Spazio Rossana Orlandi with Sé for Salone del Mobile/Milan Design Week

June 2018 – Vessel for Institute of Modern Art Fourth Annual Gala auction
June 2018 – 8 Vessels for the W Hotel, Brisbane

November 2017 – Vases for The Design Files Open House
May 2017 – Limited run of 200 candle vessels for Jardan Sydney Flagship Store



Institute of Modern Art
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, 4006
(07) 3252 5750

381 Brunswick St
Fortitude Valley, 4006
(07) 3215 0808

Museum of Brisbane
City Hall, 64 Adelaide St
Brisbane City, 4000
(07) 3339 0800

Paper Boat Press
60 Ashgrove Cres
Ashgrove, 4060
(07) 3366 9956


Saint Cloche
37 MacDonald St
Paddington, 2021
0434 274 251


Modern Times
311 Smith St
Fitzroy, 3065
(03) 9913 8598