Location: North West London
e: firstname.lastname@example.org – her ceramics email
w: https://www.nlceramics.org/ – where you can make purchases
i: https://www.instagram.com/nlceramics/ – where she charts her adventures with clay
Nicole Lyster was born to the sound of the sea in Hastings, England. But it was London and the sounds of the suburbs that is her life-long home.
Nicole Lyster grew up and went to school in North London, where she enjoyed science and art in equal measure, finding them to be complementary to each other, rather than in conflict. She spent some formative years living in East London whilst she expanded her mind with a Degree in Philosophy and further developed her love of learning whilst living in South London and training to be a teacher. She moved to West London to undertake her career in teaching and help to develop young minds. Nicole continued to reside there whilst undertaking her MBA and practicing as a management consultant, helping to develop businesses and managers. She now lives permanently with her family in North West London and has the luxury of developing herself and her art, rather than other people.
Nicole first grew to love ceramics at school, taking O and A levels in art, but her passion for learning lead her into the teaching profession, where she spent many happy years inspiring children to love both the arts and sciences, something that she feels Ceramics encompasses in equal measure. A move to Management Consulting developed her business sense and organisational skills, but she never stopped creating and developing her ceramic skills, mainly through Further Education classes and personal development.
After having two children with cystic fibrosis it became possible for Nicole to concentrate more on her personal artistic development, rather than career development, and she has used this to good effect. Nicole finds inspiration from the world around her, focusing on the air we breathe, the juxtaposition of the built environment and nature in the city, and the beauty and calm that can be found in small things during difficult times. Nicole produces work that is reflective of her life’s interests in science and art, it shows the constant existence of the rough with the smooth, and is indicative of the need to balance stability with the precarious nature of a life limiting condition. But most importantly it is a celebration of the beauty in all things and the ability to find fun and laughter in any situation.
When not in hospital with her children, or giving treatment at home, Nicole can be found in her ceramic studio creating interesting forms in clay, mixing complimentary and contrasting glazes and oxides, and enjoying the freedom that clay gives to her mind.