Paul and Sandi Nichols are the Prairie Potter. They live in Bellevue, Nebraska and work from their home studio. Paul does all the throwing and Sandi does the decorating and hand-building. Both of them are members of Omaha Artists Association.
Sandi and Paul consider themselves true functional potters and as such, to them, form follows function. When Paul sits down at the wheel the form he envisions will end up, in one way or another, being a functional piece that will serve a purpose.
It is important to them that the person who picks up a piece of their pottery can see and feel a sense of purpose, for which it was designed and created. Sand’s sense of design and color lend themselves to the shape and design of Paul’s creations.
Paul became involved in pottery about 30 years ago. He studied under Susan McGilvery and Jerry Horning at Creighton University and refined his work in the vein of Warren McKenzie, Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Sandi is a decorative folk artist who trained under a certified decorative artist for many years. Her training has translated well into Paul’s pottery designs and shapes.
In addition to The Grove their work is in The Passageway Gallery in the Old Market in Omaha, the Noyes Gallery in Lincoln and a seasonal gallery, The Wildwood Art Barn, also in Nebraska City.
Uniquely functional pottery is their mainstay. Working together they produce attractive pottery that can be used every day but with an artistic flair.