We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Everett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicholas, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue an artistic career at a very young age. My mother and father were both crafts people and artists and growing up around that level of self direction really appealed to me. The concept of being masterful through exposing yourself to a wide spectrum of influence and synthesizing all of that into something that represents myself was very important. Initially I was solely focused on writing and music but being artistic isn’t about medium but rather the practice of making art. Initially trying to decontextualize all these influences was very intentional but at this point in my creative journey I just try to not think, get out of my own way, and just make art. I am very happy I chose this path because self expression has always been very therapeutic for me and having a career, and not simply a hobby, means I am out creating work 9-5. This helps me stay focused, sharp, and ultimately well balanced.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artwork is abstract ceramic work very focused on surface. I use tinted clay as my paint and it allows me to create very tactile surfaces that interact with light in a very nice way. I am a second generation ceramics artist but I’ve been painting and drawing since I was a kid. My professional career has been oddly easy unlike my efforts in the music industry and maybe I should credit this to proper mentorship and work ethic. The main advice I’d give to anyone trying to succeed in any form of art is surround yourself with people who are going in the right direction, do not succumb to negative thinking, and find ways to create adequate value for yourself and your work right from the beginning. Another thing is make sure you stand out. I was once told you have to be the best at what you do if not you have to do something no one else can do. This is absolutely true. This is why when I see struggling ceramics artists who are doing the same thing as everyone else I try to encourage them to find their own lane and be different. My goal as an artist is to always stand out with raw aggressive finishes that express intense emotion on traditional forms that create a balance between function and fine art. As a long term apprentice of Colleen Everett all my work is some form of interplay between the technics I was taught and the bold future I see for my artwork.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d probably take them into the mountains. We’d grill out, drink beer, listen to music, and play cards. I live in Eagle so maybe we’d go hike up the top of New York mountain.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my mom and dad. Greg and Colleen Everett. Without their guiding influence and mentorship I dont think I’d be where I am today. They taught me the value of hard work and how to properly value yourself, your time, and your work.