Carol McNicoll is born in Solihull, Birmingham in 1943. She attended a foundation course at Solihull College of Technology and then studied fine art at Leeds Polytechnic from 1967 to 1970. McNicoll was awarded a Princess of Wales Scholarship to attend Royal College of Art from 1970 to 1973. McNicoll makes sculptural functional ceramics and has lectured widely including at Camberwell College of Arts from 1986 to 2000. In 2001 she was short-listed for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics. Recent work has been constructed from slipcast and found objects such as toy soldiers, using commercial and self made transfer decoration. McNicoll says of her work "I am entertained by making functional objects which are both richly patterned and comment on the strange world we have created for ourselves." She exhibits internationally and in 2003 City Gallery at Leicester, England presented a major retrospective of her work. Her work is in the V&A's modern collection. In the Netherlands she was represented by Galerie Kapelhuis in Amersfoort. McNicoll lives and works in a converted piano factory in Camden Town London, designed by her friend the architect Piers Gough in exchange for a McNicoll teaset. Carol McNicoll is an English studio potter whose work is mainly non domestic slipcast ware, she is credited with helping to transform the British ceramics scene in the late 1970s (text Wikipedia).
Images: Carol McNicoll, portrait (source uwe.ac.uk); Carol McNicoll pictured at the Narional Craft Gallery, picture Dylan Vaughan (source CFile on line); slab built bowl from the collection of the ladies of Galerie Kapelhuis Amersfoort (Auction house Peerdeman, Utrecht 2012); mug, 2009 (source Alchetron); object (source Aberystwyth University Collection).