Nicolette Johnson is a ceramic artist whose work merges the traditional with the experimental, exploring symmetry, esoteric and surrealist motifs, and the way we assign meaning to objects.

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, Museum of Brisbane, and the Griffith University Art Museum.

With a background in photographic art and social documentary, Nicolette began working in 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.


Biography1990Born in United Kingdom
1995-2005Resided in Texas, USA
2005Arrived in Brisbane, Australia
Education2008-2010Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Bachelor of Photography (Photojournalism)
2011Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Bachelor of Photography (Honours)
Solo Exhibitions2020High Spirits, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2018Blume, Paper Boat Press Gallery, Brisbane
Group Exhibitions2020Summer Hang, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
Spring Group Exhibition, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
Assemblages, Melbourne Art Fair, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2019The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
An Idea Needing to be Made, Heide MoMA, Melbourne
Brisbane Art Design, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane
Manifest, PW1, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart
Material Thought, Modern Times, Melbourne
Designwork #3, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2018Ceramics 2, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney
Designing Women, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Unleashed, Artisan, Brisbane
Relics Today, Modern Times Gallery, Melbourne
Vase & Vessel: And Ode to Morandi, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney
Artefacts, Space at Collins Gallery, Melbourne
2017Emerge, Paper Boat Press, Brisbane
On Paper, Of Clay, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney
Prizes and Awards2020Finalist - The Design Files Design Awards (Handcrafted Category)
2019Winner - The Design Files Design Awards (Handcrafted Category)
Finalist - The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
Finalist - Little Things Art Prize
CollectionsGriffith University Art Museum, Brisbane
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane
Commissions2020Barry Willoughby Bequest (upcoming), Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2019Maison IV, Milan Design Week, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan
2018Institute of Modern Art Fourth Annual Gala Auction
Vessels for the W Hotel, Brisbane
2017The Design Files Open House, Melbourne
IMA Gallery Shop After Hours, Brisbane
Limited Edition Vessels, Jardan Flagship Store, Sydney