First Decade Interview with Carol McNicoll
Digital sound file of First Decade interview with Carol McNicoll, 01:06:31.
In this 2015 First Decade interview, studio potter Carol McNicoll talks about what initially drew her to clay, Rococo asparagus ceramics, politics, satire, Brian Eno and the importance of laughing at your work. This interview illustrates McNicoll’s influences and thought processes in creating her ‘barely functional’ yet beautiful, satirical pieces. She discusses a range of pieces, from a pink breast plate and ‘chop, chip and peas’ serving plate to experimental and impractical teapots made from slipcast-lacewear. McNicoll’s work was transformed by her political activism following the Iraq War; in this interview, she discusses her views on how activism and politics have changed from growing up in the 70s, 80s and 90s to now, hierarchy within the crafts world and her attitude towards identity and collectivism.