Name, age, occupation, location?
Nic Auton, Age 56. Potter, artist sculptor, working out of purpose built studio at Curl Curl on Sydney’s northern beaches. (Just did a 6 week stint as an artist in residence in Vallauris, Fance).
What’s your story?
Began making and selling things at an early age to enable me to follow my passion of surfing. Started making surfboards and Flex Deck skateboards at age 13. Made leather work belts, bags and stuff to fund surfing holidays while young. Fixed boats, trucks, racing cars etc with fibreglass and generally did anything handy or artistic.
Trained as an art and craft primary school teacher and taught locally at Cromer P.S. and Harbord P.S. Learnt the basics of pottery/ceramics while firing pots for a guy while I was teaching kids .
Quit teaching in 1989 to become a professional potter/artist.
I make a wide and varied range of items with a slant towards surfing but really do all types of pottery.
My work is now in over 110 countries through just normal people taking it overseas to friends.
When are you most inspired?
Always inspired! Often have to slow myself down to focus on the task at hand.
What is your philosophy on life?
Philosophy on life…. The Beatles said it all “teach your children well and they’ll become your brothers”. Have a good time!
How did you start out in ceramics?
Started in ceramics/pottery totally by accident while teaching primary school and found I really enjoyed it. Was encouraged by a few very talented people.
Other creative outlets?
Other creative outlets: I enjoy making just about anything – design, architecture and building.
I like the old surfing music, big fan of Morning of the Earth, Bowie and more mellow music like jazz and the blues.
What is your dream project & what are your next steps?
Dream project: Most of my life has revolved around funding my next project so I guess just being comfortable enough to do some seriously large work. Main problem is trying to get an income while working on projects as they don’t always work. (Maybe also some more surf orientated work).
How can people support you?
Come and check out my next show on the last 2 weekends in November (22nd – 23rd and 29th and 30th November) in my studio and garden. This is about my 32nd annual one. Don’t really tend to advertise, just flyers, email, word of mouth and just started Instagram and Facebook. Most people think a potter just makes cups and bowls… definitely not true in my case!!!
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