Ruta Nichol

Holy smokes, the brand new to the Bison vendor profiles keep on coming - soooo many talented new vendors this spring! Next up: Ruta Nichol. We loooooove her curious ceramics, and can’t wait to see them at the fair. Here’s how she describes her work:

“Inspired by simple day to day life, I create warm, whimsy and minimalistic ceramic sculptures and home decor items. Each of my pieces are individually hand built with ardent care given to the quality of the finish and a generous dose of fun and adventure.”

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What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?


Hmmm... a bow and arrow when I was a kid? Also, I remember a shed in a woods. As for ceramics: IT - WAS - A - BOWL , a first pinch pot exersize at school.

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What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?


There are many, but the biggest is the thought that maybe I am not doing it right.

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How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

Just keep making and hold head high.

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Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Always identify essential + eliminate the rest. With both aesthetics and a process of making.

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If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they? 

Supportive dog and two cats at home.
Name? Yoshi, Vincent, Nochka
Age? 5, 1, 14
Any distinct personality trait of theirs?
Yoshi – best friend ever
Vincent – loving trouble maker
Nochka – small black creature with big character

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