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Nicole Aquillano

Biography to Display: 


2004 BS Mathematics, Carlow University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

2005 BS, Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

2012 MFA, Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island


2006-2013 Environmental Engineer

2013— Studio Potter


Nicole Aquillano is known for slip-cast porcelain forms, high-fired in an electric kiln. Surface lines are created with mishima (a technique of inlaying color slip into lines incised into wet clay then wiping the surface to keep inlaid slips clearly defined against the contrasting clay body).

Nicole Aquillano trained and worked as a civil engineer; the problem-solving techniques and efficient work habits she developed during this period influenced her studio practice.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California


Bibliography to Display: 

Aquillano, Nicole. “Solving Problems: From Engineering to Studio Ceramics.” Ceramics Monthly 34, no. 4 (April 2015).

Cleary, Naomi, and Alisha Ebling, ed. 100 Artist, 1000 Cups. Philadelphia PA: The Clay Studio, 2016.




Typical Marks
Fort Point Mugs
Form: Mug
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Mishima, Overglaze
The State of Clay, Lexington, MA, 2016
Photo: TMP
The State of Clay, Lexington, MA, 2016
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 26, 2017.