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Nicholas, Nick, Bivins

Biography to Display: 


2001 BA Interdisciplinary Visual Art, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

2004 BFA Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

2009 MFA Ceramics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


2009-2010 Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge Montana

2010-2012 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana


2011-2012 Studio and Kiln Technician, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

2012-2013 Visiting Artist and Lecturer, University of Seattle, Washington

2014Art Instructor, Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, Washington


Nicholas Bivins makes functional high-fired porcelain ceramics, including but not limited to cups, mugs, teapots and vessel series. The reductive minimal aesthetic is accomplished using slip cast abstract forms. The pieces are finished with glazes and decals that emphasize the minimalist forms. The trays the pots rest on are CNC-milled MDF, with automotive paint and rubber.

In 2011, Nicholas Bivens was a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, and in 2012 was chosen as an NCECA Emerging Artist.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 


Bibliography to Display: 

Bivins, Nicholas. “Focus on Functional Pots.” Ceramics Monthly (December 2009).

Donahoe, Emily. “A Fine Line, Exhibition Review.” Ceramics Monthly (February 2013).

“From the Center to the Edge, The Bray Turns 60.” Ceramics Monthly (April 2011).

Israel, Susannah. Fellowship Color Catalog. Helena, MT” Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, 2011.

Kangas, Matthew. “Review of BAM Biennial 2010.” Ceramics Monthly (April 2011).

“Kitchen Art.” Diablo Magazine (March 2010).

“Let’s Talk Function: Two Potters Discuss Making Handmade Pottery for Use.” Ceramics Arts Daily, November 22, 2009.

Merino, Anthony. “Exhibition Review: 2013 NCECA Biennial Exhibition.” (June-August 2013).

Peltzman, Doug. “Spotlight: Objective Clay.” Ceramics Monthly (June-August 2013).

“Push It—At Archie Bray, Tradition Means Innovation.” American Craft (June/July 2011).

“Upfront Section.” Ceramics Monthly (April 2010).


CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Artist


Typical Marks

As of February 2017 the typical known mark is the initials “nb,” lower case, with the “n” being in the upper left, and its right stem carrying down to become the upward vertical stroke of the “b” in the lower right of a perfect circle.


Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Liquor Set
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slip-Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 29, 2023.