April Nickel is a ceramicist and gal behind Meha Magic. Born and raised in Chicago, April grew up in a family that put a heavy emphasis on the Arts. After attending college at The Art Institute of Chicago for fashion and fiber arts, she began her career in jewelry design and later found that clay was her preferred medium of expression. Inspired by matriarchal societies and Mesoamerican cultures, April describes her work as perfectly imperfect and made with a lot of love. We asked April 9 questions about her work and ceramics business. Read our interview below and be sure to view her beautiful assortment of ceramics here.
What's your background? Tell us a little about yourself.
Born and raised in Chicago, I grew up in a family that put a heavy emphasis on the Arts. I attended college at The Art Institute of Chicago for fashion and fiber arts. I spent most of my twenties in jewelry design until I found that clay was my preferred medium of expression.
In a few words, how would you describe your work?
Perfectly imperfect and made with a lot of love
You've recently been working in both ceramics and fiber. Where do you seek inspiration?
I'm alway finding inspiration from matriarchal societies, and Mesoamerican cultures, as well as vintage illustration and goods from around he world.
Top three studio essentials?
My hands are my most important tool, good music, and lots of tea!
Do you have a dream project?
I dream about making large scale ceramic sculptures, probably because I'm more comfortable working small.
Favorite artist(s) in any field, living or dead?
Costantino Nivola, Georgia O'keefe, Alberto Giacometti, Kelsey Brookes, just to name a few.
What's the first thing you ever remember making?
Dioramas!! I always loved to draw tiny pictures and then cut them out and tape them into a scene in a shoebox.
How does your environment impact your work?
I live in a very urban environment, literally next to the elevated train tracks in Chicago. In a house with my husband who is a working painter/graffiti artist, and our two young daughters who are always making and creating, I'm constantly inspired by them and the energy of this city, while trying to be conscious of doing our part to take care of this planet and appreciate all that nature gives to us. I try to make functional and sculptural pieces that are vessels for being mindful and respectful of the world around us.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Be true to yourself and let the materials guide you.
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